"If he can continue to do [what he did in Atlanta], you are talking about a potential Hall of Famer," general manager Brian Cashman said as the team formally introduced McCann in a news conference at Yankee Stadium. "We are buying someone with that type of reputation and leadership. We have a lot of needs and this certainly fills one of them."
At a news conference attended by owner Hal Steinbrenner and McCann's family, McCann spoke for the first time about his new five-year, $85 million contract that includes a $15 million vesting option and a no-trade clause.
"To say this is one of the best days of my life would be an understatement," a clean-shaven McCann said.