The New York Yankees are having a good stretch in recent weeks despite parting ways with key players before the annual trade deadline. But despite their recent success, the Yankees are expected to make more moves this summer and might give up valuable assets.
McCann has been a popular figure in New York but the veteran catcher is now a dispensable asset for the Yankees. New York entrusted the starting role to Gary Sanchez, who has been doing his job impressively.
From being the starting catcher, McCann was relegated as a designated hitter, which fueled speculation that he might be shipped out after the current season. According to FanSided’s Yanks Go Yard, the 32-year-old will likely be traded, as several teams will be willing to take him.
Brian McCann On His Way Out of New York Yankees?
McCann has spent the past three seasons with the Yankees. Before moving to New York, he played nine seasons for the Atlanta Braves. If the Yankees decide to go into a different direction, the 12-year veteran could find himself returning to his old club.
According to John Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Braves and the Yankees discussed a possible deal for McCann before the deadline in August. The two teams failed to find a common ground but they are expected to resume talks in the offseason.
By then, the Braves will have the leverage in the negotiation because the Yankees know that high-quality catchers are available on the free-agency market. In turn, the Yankees might give McCann up for a not-so-attractive package instead of letting him rot on the bench.
Brett Gardner Playing His Last Season for New York Yankees?
Meanwhile, Brett Gardner could also find himself playing for a new team next season. Gardner has spent his entire nine-year career with the Yankees and is still a productive left-fielder for the club.
The 33-year-old is hitting .257 this season with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. However, it does not mean the Yankees will keep him for long, with top prospect Clint Frazier waiting on the wings to get his opportunity.
“He’s still reasonably priced and productive for the moment, but fresh off his 33rd birthday, that may not be the case for long,” Yanks Go Yard reported. “There are no shortage of candidates to replace him in the short term, with Yankees top prospect Clint Frazier the heir apparent in the long run.”