Rapid Reaction: McCann heading to Bronx

The New York Yankees and catcher Brian McCann have come to terms on a five-year, $85 million deal that could ultimately be worth $100 million.

Brian McCann

Brian McCann

#16 C
Atlanta Braves

2013 STATS

  • GM102
  • HR20

  • RBI57

  • R43

  • OBP.336

  • AVG.256

HOW IT HAPPENED: Despite all the talk about cutting payroll, the Yankees' offseason plan began with word of a huge shopping spree. The left-handed-hitting McCann -- with a stroke the Yankees think is perfect for the Bronx and the short porch in right -- has been a central part from the start. When they had their organizational meetings, McCann was on the top of their charts.

This week, they sold McCann and his wife, both from the Atlanta area, on the Yankees when they had the couple, along with agent B.B. Abbott, to the Bronx. The McCanns apparently liked what they heard and saw.

THE MONEY: They also had to like the offer, which is a very generous one. The new deal, which is still pending a physical, makes McCann the highest-paid catcher in the game. To take McCann -- who spent his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves -- off the free-agent market this early in the winter, the Yankees had to overwhelm him. They did.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR CANO? The Yankees still have plenty of money to spend on Robinson Cano. The Yankees want Cano and there is talk they might meet up again next week. Plan A remains to sign McCann, Cano and win the bidding for Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees also have designs on inking Carlos Beltran and, if that doesn't happen, possibly Shin-Soo Choo or Jacoby Ellsbury.

However, they can't sign them all -- so the faster players decide, the better chance they will have at picking up Yankees green.

But Cano is still a main priority and the Yankees want him back. They just know they can't wait around for him to decide. If he takes too long, the Yankees' other targets could be off the board.

The Yankees were aggressive with McCann and they will continue to act that way going forward.

QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: Do you like the move?