Brian McCann Trade Likely
Probably the biggest concrete news of the GM Meetings was that Cashman had contacted Brian McCann’s agent B.B. Abbott about the possibility of a trade, something that didn’t happen at the trade deadline, despite the fact that talks reportedly progressed pretty far with Atlanta.
That suggests that the front office might believe a trade is imminent this winter, despite the insistence of team officials and McCann himself that they want the veteran catcher to remain in the Bronx.
Cashman reportedly has already received several offers, and it seems like just a matter of time before he receives one he can’t turn down given the shortage of quality backstops around the league. He more or less acknowledged that was the case when he told Ken Davidoff and Joel Sherman of The New York Post:
"The catching market is very thin, so it’s not surprising to anybody [there’s interest in McCann]… A lot of teams have expressed interest and offers that I’ve said no to. If I ever get to a point where something makes enough sense, then Mac will have the final say, as he’s earned the right to have that final say."
The fact is, McCann isn’t that great of a DH option either. His 2016 production was well-below average for a DH, and his bat didn’t seem to rebound much when removed from the stresses of catching full-time in the last two months.