As mentioned here, a team placing a player on waivers doesn’t necessarily mean anything — most teams will place a handful of players on waivers this month. The Yankees are rebuilding and placed McCann on waivers, likely hoping that another team would claim him and they could pass his remaining contract onto that team. Unsurprisingly, no one bit.
McCann is owed the remainder of his $17 million salary for the 2016 season and will earn $17 million annually through 2018. He has a club option worth $15 million in 2019 with no buyout. He has a no-trade clause, so he would have to approve any trade that the Yankees would make.
Heyman notes that the Braves showed interest in acquiring McCann ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. The club wanted McCann to be a veteran presence for an otherwise young team. But it’s unclear if the Braves would be willing to give the Yankees what they want in what is essentially a lost season.
McCann, 32, entered Sunday hitting .233/.330/.417 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI in 345 plate appearances.