I don’t necessarily think this a bad deal for the Yankees, but I think McCann is being a little overestimated here. To me, he’s Nick Swisher’s offense at catcher. That has significant value until he’s not a catcher. Then it’s just Nick Swisher’s bat, and that’s not a $17M commodity. I can see the last 2 years of the deal being iffy. I wasn’t thrilled with this deal at first, but I’m coming around on it.
Well I can see where you’re coming from 100%. It FEELS like an overpay, but I think with contract inflation and the position he plays its just a market price deal.
yankeefeminista November 27th, 2013 at 12:09 pm
I didn’t realize that our Cuban LHP prospect Omar Luis is eligible for the Rule 5. Not good news b/c of the marginal risk even if he likely won’t stick on someone’s 25-man.
yankeefeminista November 27th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Yanks should have extended Cano when they had the chance. We have done a very bad job of keeping core players (the one position one we have) in the fold or we should have dealt them to re-infuse the lineup with young cost-controlled players. To merely get a pick for Cano is pretty laughable. I still think/hope we re-sign Cano to a mutually doable contract because that is the best thing for the Yankees. Hopefully, going forward we will have a better business plan.
I don’t see why it’s almost automatic here that McCann won’t be able to catch at ages 33 and 34.
It’s not, but there are some things to consider.
1) Mileage. He has almost 9000 MLB innings behind the plate. Unlike Posada who wasn’t a #1 catcher until he was 26 and wasn’t an 1000+ inning catcher til he was 28, McCann was a 1000+ inning catcher at 22. Once Posada hit 11,000 behind the plate, he really ceased being an everyday C, averaging only about 450 innings a season behind the plate over the last 4 years of his career. McCann is a similar body type to Posada (6′ 2 220-ish lbs).
2) Trends. Over the last years in order, McCann has caught 1109 innings, 1083 innings, 995 innings, 805 innings. I’m assuming he’s good for 1000+ innings for at least the 1st 3 years of the deal, but there can be no underestimating the wear and tear the job has on a guy. He’ll be at around 12000 innings at that point.
Posada was a highly underrated anomaly. They don’t make them like that anymore. He caught 135 games at age 35 (.969 OPS while catching) and 80G at age 40, while putting up a .844 OPS while catching in his age 40 year.
austinmac, as per market, McCann’s was a very reasonable contract. Think he will be an ideal bat for NYS even when he moves to 1B, DH, and hopefully Sanchez/Murphy take over his spot in 3 years. However, McCann’s past three years worth of declining second half splits are troubling; Yanks can hopefully mitigate those by not overcatching McCann and keeping him fresh. I assume/hope the shoulder will be an non-issue in 2014.
“•The Yankees remain “very much engaged” with Omar Infante’s agent, Gene Mato, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. The Yankees could try to sign Infante even if they retain Robinson Cano, says Marchand, envisioning him as a modern-day Tony Phillips who would play every day but at different positions. Marchand writes that the Yankees like Infante as a backup at third base and shortstop, and he also points out Infante’s experience in the outfield.”