Free agent catcher Brian McCann has agreed to terms on a 5-year, $85 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal, which is pending a physical, has a vesting option for a sixth year which could raise the total value to $100 million. It also has a full no-trade clause, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
McCann, who will turn 30 in February, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Atlanta Braves. He has been one of the top offensive catchers in the league throughout his career, with a batting line of .277/.350/.473, 176 home runs, five Silver Slugger awards, and seven All-Star bids. However, his production has slipped in the last two seasons as he has dealt with various injuries; he has batted only .242/.316/.426 in 223 games in 2012 and 2013 combined.
Even if McCann only managed to replicate those numbers, he would still be a vast improvement over what the Yankees had behind the plate last year -- New York got a .213/.289/.298 line and only eight home runs from their backstops in 2013.