The Yankees agreed to a five-year deal with free agent catcher Brian McCann. Here are reactions from around the internet on what is likely the biggest free agent signing of the offseason so far.
One evaluator on McCann: "He's made for New York." Scouts gushing about how his swing will play in Yankee Stadium.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) November 23, 2013
After a season of Chris Stewart, any gushing over offensive capabilities of a catcher are welcome. Welcome back, sweet hitting ability.
Yankees forfeit their first-round pick with the McCann signing, but you figured they were going to lose it one way or another this winter.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 23, 2013
So long, 19th pick. If the Yankees were going to make a big splash this offseason, and they needed to, that pick wasn't going to be theirs anyway. This just got it out of the way early. Hopefully there are still more big moves to come to fill areas of need, like is suggested here.
Randy Levine earlier in the week on Cano talks said "We're not waiting around for anybody." Apparently meant it— Erik Boland (@eboland11) November 23, 2013
Your move, Robbie. Getting McCann inked and bringing back Cano in the same week would go a long way toward making this team look better. More moves still need to be made, of course.
We asked the PSA Twitter contingent what they thought of the move. The reaction was largely positive, as you might guess.
@pinstripealley Chris Stewart. Need we say more?— Michael D Foley (@mcolucci1) November 23, 2013
@pinstripealley Unless you enjoyed the Chris Stewart experience, it's good move. McCann catches 3-4 years while mentoring Murphy/Sanchez.— Joshua Welge (@jwelge96) November 23, 2013
@pinstripealley happy. Catcher with some pop, but also shows yankees will spend!!— John Want (@JohnWant6) November 23, 2013
Not everyone was thrilled, though.
@pinstripealley I'd rather have the pick.— Harry Adams (@theharryadams) November 23, 2013
Oh, and this is kind of comforting.
McCann has great age 29 comparables by Bill James similarity scores-Lance Parrish, Gary Carter, Yogi Berra among them http://t.co/c68e2PGKO6— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) November 23, 2013
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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