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34 Brian McCann C
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 2/20/1984 | Birthplace: Athens, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/86 | Average Draft Position: 95.55
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Brian McCann back Wednesday behind the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) A finger injury that sidelined Yankees catcher Brian McCann just as he was emerging from a slump will not keep him out of the first game of the doubleheader Wednesday against the Cubs. He has returned to the lineup.

McCann slammed three hits, including two home runs, in the last three games to break a 6-for-37 skein to open the year.


X-rays on Brian McCann's finger come back negative


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) X-rays on Yankees catcher Brian McCann's finger came back negative, according to ESPN.

McCann dealt with the issue during Sunday's game, but didn't think it was anything serious. McCann just started to come around at the plate, hitting two home runs Saturday, so the news comes as a relief. He's hitting .205 in 44 at-bats.


Brian McCann has X-rays on index finger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann underwent X-rays on his right index finger following Sunday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox, according to MLB.com.

McCann played through the issue on Sunday and does not believe it's "anything to worry about," according to the report. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk, improving his batting average to .205 on the year.

Brian McCann clubs two home runs in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 7-4 win over the Red Sox Saturday.

McCann had been slumping at the plate coming into the game before connecting for his first two home runs of the season, both off Boston starter John Lackey. He has hit .195/.214/.341 in 41 at-bats.


Brett Gardner, Brian McCann out with Jon Lester on the mound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is on a tear, but he won't be able to continue it Friday night unless he pinch-hits. Joe Girardi has elected to sit him against Red Sox premier left-hander Jon Lester.

Gardner is on an eight-game winning streak during which he has 10 hits in 31 at-bats with five RBI. But he generally rests against Lester, against whom he has just two hits in 11 career at-bats.

Also sitting against Lester will be catcher Brian McCann, another left-handed stick. He is batting .167 this season.


Brian McCann not concerned about slow start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann showed some signs of life in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Red Sox, as he tries to fight his way out of a season-opening slump. McCann had just one hit in three at-bats, but he did manage to drive in a run with it, his first in seven games.

Prior to the game, McCann told MLB.com he is not concerned about his slow start, and said he thinks he has been swinging the bat well.

"It was weird, because I don't feel bad at the plate," McCann said. "You look up, and you're just not getting the hits."

McCann is hitting just .167 through nine games, without an extra-base hit. He has also walked just once while striking out five times in 36 at-bats. 


Brian McCann could benefit Yankees off the diamond


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) The value of newcomer Brian McCann for the Yankees extends beyond his all-around talent as a player, the New York Daily News has claimed. He also provides lineup depth that might allow the Yankees to trade out-of-options Francisco Cervelli to a team in need.

Among those potential targets is Pittsburgh, which lost backup and former Yankee Chris Stewart on Wednesday to a knee injury. The Pirates boast a plethora of relievers, which could fill a need for New York.


Yankees catchers homer in spring win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann and catching prospect Gary Sanchez both collected their first home runs of spring in Friday's 7-4 win over the Tigers.

McCann went 1 for 2 and hit a solo home run off Detroit starter Max Scherzer. He signed a five-year deal with the Yankees this offseason.

Sanchez, who served as the team's designated hitter in the starting lineup, went 1 for 3 with a third-inning solo home run off reliever Jose Ortega. Sanchez was named a top-50 prospect overall by both Baseball America and MLB.com this offseason.


New Yankees to debut Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury could see their first spring action Wednesday, according to nj.com.

All three players are set to make the trip to Bradenton, where the Pirates spring facility is located. If they are going on the trip, it's likely all three will get playing time. Ivan Nova is expected to make the start. 

Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann all signed with the club during the offseason, and are making their debut with the team.


Yankees manager raves about Brian McCann


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi is "very excited" about the addition of catcher Brian McCann, who signed a five-year contract in the offseason.

"I’m very excited about having him just because of what he brings to the table offensively, but more the personality that he brings behind home plate I think will be very important," Girardi told the New York Post. "And he’s worked with a wide variety of pitchers in Atlanta and has continually molded a very good staff."

Girardi added he thinks "it's possible" McCann's presence influenced Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to sign with the Yankees.

"I think whenever you’re a player looking at where you’re going to go, I think you look at the people that are around you that you possibly could be playing with," Girardi said. "Obviously, the catcher’s very important because it’s someone that you’re going to be dealing with on a pretty constant basis -- knowing that your catcher had a lot of experience, he’s been in the playoffs. … He obviously takes a lot of pride in what he does back there. … I’m sure it has some influence on him."


Yankees officially announce deal with Brian McCann


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) The Yankees have officially signed catcher Brian McCann to a five-year deal.

The contract was agreed to a couple weeks ago, but the team was waiting on McCann to pass a physical. McCann is set to make around $85 million, but has a chance to make closer to $100 million is his sixth-year option gets picked up. He hit .256/.336/.461 in 356 at-bats. 


Brian McCann joining Yankees on five-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2013) The Yankees hauled in a big free agent catch Saturday, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with free agent catcher Brian McCann, according to numerous reports, first reported by the Dallas Morning News. 

The deal, which is pending a physical, will reportedly be worth $85 million in base salary, with a sixth-year option that could bring the total to $100 million. The average annual salary for the deal is $17 million, representing the highest for any free-agent catcher in history.

The Rangers and Rockies were also reportedly in on the seven-time All Star until negotiations ended. McCann had a bounceback year for the Braves in 2013, posting a .256/.336/.461 line with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 356 at-bats. 


Brian McCann willing to learn first base


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Though free agent Brian McCann considers himself primarily a catcher, he's willing to play DH or even learn first base to increase his playing time, agent B.B. Abbott told WEEI.com.

"I think it's attractive that that's an option out there for him," Abbott said. "I think in the very near future, over the next several years, for sure, that he envisions himself being primarily a catcher and then having the ability to stay in the lineup for an additional 50-75 more plate appearances potentially in another role, whether with a National League team at first base or with an American League team at first base and/or DH."

McCann is widely considered one of the game's best pitch-framers, but he'll turn 30 before opening day and has battled injuries over the last three years, playing less than 130 games in each. The Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees are just three of the teams expected to compete for his services.


Brian McCann planning talks with suitors


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/20/2013) ESPN.com reports that free agent catcher Brian McCann is looking to visit with more than half a dozen teams who are interested in signing him. McCann's visits are expected to take place within the next two weeks.

The Yankees, Rangers and Red Sox are among the teams with whom McCann will meet.


Brian McCann to turn down qualifying offer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/11/2013) MLB.com reports that free agent catcher Brian McCann will reject the Braves' qualifying offer by Monday's deadline.

The move was expected, as McCann already has at least nine teams competing to sign him, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Nine teams are in on Brian McCann


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/10/2013) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, there are currently nine teams that have an interest in signing free agent catcher Brian McCann. As previously reported, the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Giants and Rockies have all shown interest in McCann, and now the Angels are also considered to be suitors.

Three other unidentified teams are also in the mix to sign the 29-year-old backstop.


Brian McCann, Rangers have mutual interest


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/6/2013) According to the New York Daily News, major league sources have identified the Rangers as having the strongest interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, though the Red Sox are also likely to pursue him.

Even though the Rangers re-signed catcher Geovany Soto on Tuesday, and general manager Jon Daniels said Soto will enter next season as the team's primary catcher, McCann is still interested in possibly inking a deal with them. McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "The Soto signing certainly doesn’t affect Brian’s thinking at this point. If the Rangers were to come calling, I don’t think it would be a factor."

If McCann were to sign with Texas, he would likely play a large portion of his games as a designated hitter or at a position other than catcher.


Brian McCann shows interest in Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Braves catcher Brian McCann has the Yankees on his radar, according to the New York Daily News

McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, said the Yankees "would be an attractive place" for his client. He added that McCann has a lot of respect for how the Yankees handle their business, and is a big fan of shortstop Derek Jeter. Abbott would not admit if the Yankees were one of the team's that have already reached out to the free-agent catcher. 

McCann hit .256/.336/.461 in 356 at-bats.


Braves to make qualifying offer to Brian McCann


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/4/2013) The Braves have determined they will make a qualifying offer to free agent catcher Brian McCann by Monday's deadline, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

McCann can either accept the one-year offer for $14.1 million or begin negotiating with other teams at the official beginning of free agency on Tuesday.


Brian McCann expected to test free agent waters


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2013) The Atlanta Braves are expected to make a qualifying offer to impending free agent catcher Brian McCann, ESPN reports. That said, McCann is still expected to decline the offer and test the free agent waters.

McCann is expected to seek a five or six-year contract worth possibly as much as $100 million.

Heyman: Yankees discuss Jacoby Ellsbury, other big names


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Yankees have been discussing multiple big-name free agents, including outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Matt Garza and shortstop Stephen Drew, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The trio joins catcher Brian McCann, pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran on the team's list of potential targets this offseason. The team is looking to keep its payroll below the $189-million luxury tax threshold but will have a significant portion of its payroll coming off the books due to retirements and the Yankees' own free agents.


Heyman: Giants haven't ruled out signing Brian McCann


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Despite the presence of Buster Posey, the Giants may consider pursuing impending free agent Brian McCann in free agency, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The team's pursuit of McCann may be tied to how much playing time McCann seeks, a person with connections to the team said. The Giants are in the market for a left-handed power hitter, and McCann is one of the few impending free agents that fit the bill.

However, the Giants wouldn't appear to have room in the starting lineup for McCann, with Posey at catcher and Brandon Belt manning first base on a regular basis.


Brian McCann on Yankees radar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Impending free agent Brian McCann is on the Yankees radar, the New York Post reports.Yankees catchers combined to hit .213/.289/.298 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 497 at-bats during the 2013 season.

McCann could have a lot of leverage on the free-agent market, as CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that multiple large-market teams could be major players in the McCann sweepstakes.

McCann hit .256/.336/.461 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 356 at-bats for the Braves in 2013, making it his sixth straight season with at least 20 home runs.


One GM says Brian McCann could make $100 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Braves catcher Brian McCann could be in for a huge contract on the free-agent market, according to ESPN.

An anonymous general manager said he could see McCann receiving a six-year, $100 million deal. The GM argued McCann's status as a top-five catcher, and said he could DH near the end of the contract.

Aside from Joe Mauer, no other catcher has a $100 million contract. Yadier Molina signed a five-year, $75 million deal in 2012. McCann will likely draw plenty of interest on the market. He hit .256/.336/.461, with 20 home runs, in 356 at-bats. 


Brian McCann batting fifth in Game 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2013) Braves catcher Brian McCann is in the starting lineup Thursday, batting fifth in Game 1 of the National League Division series against the Dodgers.

McCann missed the final three games of the regular season after suffering an adductor strain Sept. 26 but indicated Wednesday that he felt great and was ready to play in Game 1. He ended the season with a .170/.290/.264 line, one home run and six RBI in 53 at-bats in September.