Houston is seeking offensive depth this winter and is interested in Yankees catcher and designated hitter Brian McCann, according to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi.
While it’s unclear whether the two sides have discussed a potential trade, the Yankees could be open to moving McCann before Spring Training as a result of Gary Sanchez’s success. It might not be a simple process, though, because McCann’s contract includes a complete no-trade clause.
The Astros’ lineup features several productive right-handed hitters, but the club appears to be seeking a left-handed bat that can fill its designated hitter role. McCann could ultimately earn that spot and receive several opportunities to catch. Max Stassi and Evan Gattis are Houston’s lone catching options.
McCann, 32, still has two-years remaining on his contract, making him one of the more controllable options available. However, the Astros could be hesitant to pay him the $34 million he is due.
Over 130 games with the Yankees last season, McCann batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs. If New York is able to trade McCann, the organization can turn to another free agent, such as Carlos Beltran or Edwin Encarnacion, to serve as its DH.