Walking into today’s press conference, everyone already knew that Brian McCann had signed with the Yankees. We knew the Yankees would say nice things about him, and we knew he would say nice things about the Yankees. Most everything involving McCann this afternoon was something less than news. It was really an introduction to the team’s newest everyday catcher, a guy who the team believes will fit with the tradition of great Yankees catchers.
There wasn’t a ton of McCann news today, but it was a pretty well-done event that got the job done. McCann got his jersey, and people got to know him a little bit.
We’ll wrap up the day with a quick look at how the McCann contract came together from three people involved in the process.
“We thought it was a big possibility for us. We thought our ballpark would be very attractive for him. He’s still young. He’s played seven years, he’s been an all-star numerous times, but he’s still very young. And we do feel he has a chance to be extremely productive. This ballpark should play to his skill level really very well. And to me, what I really fell in love with, I mean you can look at the offensive numbers, you can look at how his pitching staff has been successful, but it’s the way he plays the game, and the intensity he brings. … How bad we wanted him, and how he was such a great fit in this ballpark and in this lineup, and how the leadership qualities that he had would play very well here.”
“We were on him right when the season ended. It was a pretty predictable move, I think anybody who follows this game recognized the Yankees needed an upgrade at catcher, number one, and that this particular catcher, offensive especially, profiles for this ballpark — left-handed with flyball characteristics in his bat — so this is a real perfect fit, and hopefully he’ll a long productive career here that continues with the Yankees. I had a lot of conversations with his agent, BB Abbott, and we shared with him like we shared with all free agents that we’re gonna be very aggressive. We want to move sooner than later, and if you’re ready not just to do the dance, but agree, we’re ready to rock and roll. We don’t want to mess around. We made a significant offer that clearly got their attention and led them to say, let’s fly up and meet.”
“You just know it’s a winning organization (with) tradition, but when I got to meet the people behind that, it was a big reason why I wanted to be here to be a big part of this process. I went to dinner with them, it turned into a three-hour dinner. We got to talk a lot. They got to know who I was as a person, and I got to know them. It was a perfect match, a perfect fit. … When the Yankees call you and you go through the process I went through, you leave blown away. There’s a reason they’re the New York Yankees. You walk in here, everything’s bigger. They put attention to detail on everything. They make you feel the way that you want to feel. … I wanted to be on the East Coast. I wanted somewhere where family was a big deal and right away, family was so big around here. Just the perfect fit, what they were looking for from a player standpoint, what I was looking for in an organization. Once we met for dinner, I think both sides were excited.”
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