Update (5:32 PM EST): The Yankees are paying $5.5 million of McCann’s $17 million annual salary over the next two seasons, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The Astros announced the club has acquired catcher Brian McCann and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
It’s been no secret that the Yankees were interested in trading McCann after catching prospect Gary Sanchez broke out August and September this past season. McCann, 32, is still useful as he hit .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances. The veteran backstop gives the Astros a No. 1 catcher ahead of Max Stassi and Evan Gattis.
McCann has two years and $34 million remaining on his contract along with a $15 million club option for the 2019 season.
Abreu, 21, was rated the Astros’ seventh-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. He spent the past season between Single-A Quad Cities and High-A Lancaster, putting up an aggregate 4.16 ERA with a 115/58 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings between 16 starts and eight relief appearances.
Guzman, 20, was not in the Astros’ top-30 according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander spent the past season in rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League, compiling an aggregate 4.05 ERA and a 54/17 K/BB ratio in 40 innings.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.