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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.