NEW YORK -- Free-agent catcher
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized. The contract is expected to include a vesting option worth $15 million. The deal's completion is pending a physical.
In an already brisk offseason throughout the majors, the McCann move would be the first major addition for the Yankees since they missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. They finished fourth in the
The Yankees made finding a catcher a priority, and McCann was the best available. The seven-time All-Star played all nine of his big league seasons with the
The 29-year-old McCann returned from offseason shoulder surgery in April and hit .256 with 57 RBIs in 356 at-bats for the
The Braves will receive a compensatory pick between the first and second round of the June draft because McCann turned down their $14.1 million qualifying offer.
The Yankees relied heavily on career backup
McCann bats left-handed, always a bonus for power hitters at
The Yankees still have their own free-agent business to deal with. Star second baseman
New York hopes to get under the 2014 tax threshold of $189 million for 2014. Not including McCann's deal, New York's luxury tax payroll so far is $97.1 million for seven signed players next year.