With the August 1 trade deadline merely two days away, the New York Yankees are beginning to get their greatest sense of what the market has to offer.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the New York Yankees are “gauging interest” in Brian McCann. Currently trying to figure out a direct path, the organization has made it clear that they will entertain offers on key assets.
Judging from the recent Aroldis Chapman move, they are clearly willing to part with key pieces for the right price.
McCann, 32, is having a typical year based on previous performance. With that said, he outweighs the vast majority of catchers throughout baseball with regards to offensive production. His ability to handle a pitching staff, control the running game, and hit for power make him an obvious attraction if the Yanks are to cut ties.
With Austin Romine, who has been extremely solid backing up McCann, and Gary Sanchez, the organization’s number four overall prospect, waiting in the wings, future catching depth has to be the least of Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner’s concerns.
Taking that into consideration, if the right offer presents itself, do not be surprised if the Yankees — contractually tied to McCann through 2018 — send their backstop packing.