1. Brian McCann to Braves
The Yankees make their final bold move minutes prior to the deadline, trading catcher Brian McCann back to the Atlanta Braves, the organization which he spent the first nine years of his career with.
Currently not budging on the deal due to an unwillingness to eat the money the Braves have inquired about, time will prove to be an enemy of New York. Brian Cashman, who has done a magnificent job stacking the farm system this past week, will be overcome with desires to give Gary Sanchez his first crack at everyday big league action.
The Braves (37-68), on the other hand, are in search of box office commodities to help fill seats when they move to their new ballpark in 2017. If the seat-filling aspect was not in play, they never would have acquired Matt Kemp.
For that same reason, bringing McCann, a fan favorite in his time with the Braves, back to Atlanta would produce general buzz at the very least. Along with a big name, they would receive a catcher who knows how to handle a pitching staff, controls the running game and knocks anywhere from 20-30 home runs per year.
This is a move that makes more and more sense each time you think about it, and one that should get done in the end.
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