The Yankees are trying to see who’s interested in catcher Brian McCann, according to Jon Heyman at FanRag Sports. Heyman says that the Rangers and the Braves are believed to be two teams that have talked to the Yankees.
McCann is hitting .235/.334/.430 this season with a wRC+ of 105, 15 home runs, and 41 RBI in 82 games played.
Heyman also says that a reason for the Yankees gauging interest is because of the team’s catching depth, which includes Austin Romine on the bench and Gary Sanchez in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
McCann previously played for the Braves from 2005 to 2013 and was drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2002 draft. The Braves, however, are out of contention this season as they are 36-67 on the season. Adding a veteran to help out the team, especially one who came up through the organization, could be beneficial to ease some of the younger players into the show.
The Rangers, who are in contention with a four game AL West lead, are looking to build more depth at catcher, as they currently have Robinson Chirinos starting for them and Bobby Wilson on the bench. Having McCann’s bat in the lineup would also be beneficial for the Rangers as they try to hold off the Astros.