The 2013 season proved that the New York Yankees need a catcher. Chris Stewart proved he was incapable of being a starting Major League catcher. Francisco Cervelli proved with his involvement in Biogenesis that he is unreliable moving forward. Austin Romine started to show drastic improvement and could be a nice player but he has been dealing with injuries. Last year it was his back, this year it was a concussion. This is where Atlanta Braves free agent Brian McCann comes in.
McCann, who will be 30 next season, is one of the better power bats on the market and fits two needs for the Yankees. McCann should be able to stay behind the plate for two or three seasons though wear and tear is a concern with him though with the DH slot the Yankees can give him rest while keeping his bat in the lineup. McCann would be the perfect bridge to Gary Sanchez.
McCann is a career .277/.350/.470 hitter with 176 home runs. He had his sixth straight season of at least 20 home runs and has hit at least 20 in seven of his last eight seasons. As a left-handed hitter, McCann should find Yankee Stadium very accommodating to his swing.
With such a thin free agent market, the Yankees could find themselves in a bidding war for one of the few power bats on the market. The Yankees also have to re-sign Robinson Cano which should be their top priority followed by finding out who will replace Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes and possibly Hiroki Kuroda. That doesn’t mean the Yankees shouldn’t prioritize McCann because they definitely need to upgrade their catching position.
This will be a busy off-season. Three-fifths of the starting rotation is either a free agent or retiring. Then, there is Cano and Curtis Granderson’s free agency, the Alex Rodriguez situation and the potential that the Yankees will have to stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. Yes, it will be a busy off-season but McCann would be a huge upgrade and he needs to be made a priority.