The veteran catcher was relegated to a backup position in August after 23-year-old Gary Sanchez returned to the club for a breakout performance in the second half. Sanchez only appeared in 53 games during his rookie season, but made a strong impression on Yankees’ management after raking in 20 home runs and 42 RBI and batting .299/.376/.657 in 229 PA. He proved equally competent on defense, though the Post rightly points out that he hasn’t yet been tested with a full season’s workload. Cashman confirmed that Sanchez had supplanted McCann as the everyday catcher and would continue to do so heading into the 2017 season.
It’s not all bad news for McCann, however. The 32-year-old backstop produced 20 home runs for the ninth consecutive season and worked a .242/.335/.413 line in 492 PA by the end of the year. He primarily served as the team’s designated hitter following Sanchez’s 2016 call-up and bumped his production rate to .255/.338/.390 in 160 PA after taking a diminished role in August and September. “[McCann] can DH and catch a minimum of two games a week,” Cashman told the Post on Friday.
Blocking McCann’s chances of signing elsewhere this offseason are a hefty two years and $34 million left on the books and a strict no-trade clause. While McCann has reportedly drawn interest from the Nationals and Astros, Cashman refused to divulge any potential landing spots for the catcher and admitted that there had been no scheduled face-to-face meetings to discuss a trade so far. Per King’s report, McCann’s agent does not appear to be pushing for any trade negotiations, either.