The New York Yankees‘ offseason will have a lot to do with what happens with the proceedings of Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension appeal. That is a very obvious statement because if the suspension is upheld, the Yanks would not have to pay A-Rod’s salary for next year, freeing up $25 million for other free-agent pickups.
This would mean that it would be easier to re-sign their All-Star second baseman, Robinson Cano, as well as another big-name player. It is being reported that Carlos Beltran and the Yanks have mutual interest, but the Bombers could also be interested in signing Brian McCann.
The Yankees had a black hole offensively from their catcher position this year, and McCann would be a major upgrade from the players that were behind the plate this season in Chris Stewart, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy.
Stewart started the majority of the time as catcher in 2013 and was basically an automatic out, batting .211 with only four home runs and 25 RBIs in 109 games. Him playing that many games at catcher is outright offensive, considering his previous career-high in games played is only 67.
He is a backup player at best and was not accustomed to that many appearances, which became evident at the end of the year when he was allowing passed balls on seemingly easy pitches to catch, which is a sign of weary legs from all the wear and tear of a full season for a catcher.
Romine has a promising future, but might still not be ready to be behind the plate for a majority of a season, and Murphy was just a September call-up to be an extra body in the playoff push that ended unsuccessfully for the Yanks.
This makes McCann not just very sought-after, but a very big need for a team that didn’t make it to October for just the second time in a generation. He’s a great hitter at a position that simply doesn’t have many of them in the majors, and would give New York what the Yankees haven’t had since Jorge Posada retired.
Basically, I completely endorse the idea of the Yankees going after McCann, who should be looking for a deal in the five-year, $100 million range. However, this is still dependent on what happens with A-Rod’s appeal.