Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has identified a potential trade partner for catcher Brian McCann. Catching prospect Gary Sanchez broke out with the Yankees in the final two months of the season and will be the starting catcher going forward, making McCann expendable.
McCann, 32, has two years and $34 million reamining on his contract as well as a $15 million club option for the 2019 season. He had an average season in 2016, batting .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances.
The Braves and Astros are two teams believed to have interest in McCann this offseason.