McCann, Yankees complete $85M, 5-year contract
All-Star catcher Brian McCann completed his $85 million,
five-year contract with the York Yankees on Tuesday in what the
team called a ”significant improvement to a key position.”
The deal includes a full no-trade provision, meaning he cannot
be dealt without his consent. The seven-time All-Star is to be
introduced at a news conference Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
McCann receives $17 million in each of the next five seasons,
and the Yankees have a $15 million option for 2019 with no buyout.
The option becomes McCann’s if he has at least 1,000 plate
appearances combined in 2017 and 2018, has at least 90 starts at
catcher in 2018 and does not end the 2018 season on the disabled
His agreement raises the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $116.4
million for nine players. The Yankees hope to get under the $189
million tax threshold next season, which includes about $177
million for salaries for the 40-man roster.
McCann, who turns 30 in February, hit .256 with 20 homers and 57
RBIs in 102 games this year, when he missed the first month
following offseason surgery on his right shoulder. He has a .277
average in nine big league seasons with 176 homers and 661
Following the departure of Russell Martin last offseason,
Yankees catchers combined for a .213 average, eight homers and 43
RBIs, according to STATS, down from .220, 22 and 64 in 2012.
”We feel we have made a significant improvement to a key
position, while adding a high-character presence to our
clubhouse,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said
in a statement. ”Our work this offseason has just begun, but we
feel this is an important step towards what will be an exciting and
rewarding 2014 season for our fans.”