New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann reportedly cleared waivers, giving the front office the option to trade him.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Brian McCann has cleared waivers, allowing the New York Yankees to trade the backstop this month.
— Today’s Knuckleball (@KnuckleballFRS) August 7, 2016
After getting past the non-waiver trade deadline in pinstripes, the 32-year-old may not be as fortunate this time around. Any team in need of a veteran backstop will be able to acquire a middle of the order bat at the same time.
With the emergence of 23-year-old backstop Gary Sanchez, McCann’s value with the club has undeniably decreased. Despite being the perfect guy to mentor the youngster during a rebuilding phase, the Yankees may just want to clear house.
Expect for teams to ask Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, and company to eat a portion of the money the organization owes him in both 2017 and 2018. McCann is due to earn $17 million in both seasons, with the potential for a $15 million team option in 2019.