The New York Yankees missed the playoffs last year and despite all the rumors surrounding a possible rebuilding process to restructure the finances and the roster, their early offseason activity is sending another message as the signing of free agent Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal suggests that they are preparing themselves for another October run.
The veteran catcher will surely add some offensive punch to the Yankees lineup and due to the fact that he could also play as a DH to lessen the burden on his body, McCann could even put up better numbers than the ones he posted last season with the Atlanta Braves.
There are mixed reviews whether McCann is a good fit for the Yankees, and it really depends on how the franchise wants to approach this season. If they are looking to contend once again, McCann is a huge upgrade over the Chris Stewart–Austin Romine duo that combined for five home runs and 35 RBIs last season.
It’s clear the Yankees still have several holes to fill in their rotation, their infield and even the outfield where veterans Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki could need replacements sooner rather than later. But, the arrival of McCann is a step taken in the right direction towards respectability in the league after the team missed the playoffs for only the second time since the 1994 strike.
The last time the Yankees missed the postseason, they went on an offseason spending spree that landed them a World Series title next year. Nobody says that this will happen again, but it’s clear the organization is looking to keep their title window open as much as they can.