With the emergence of Gary Sanchez practically eliminating Brian McCann's catching days in New York, the Yankees ate some salary in order to send him to the Houston Astros in return for two right-handed pitching prospects. McCann, who still has the desire to catch regularly, waived his no-trade clause in order to help the deal along.
The return for McCann, Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman, won't be making a big league impact anytime soon. Both pitchers are still young and pretty far away. Abreu is now the system's 10th best prospect, according to MLB.com, in a system that has gotten incredibly deep as of late. Guzman may be more suited for the bullpen long-term, but he has an ability to touch 103 on the radar gun.
New York will be eating $5.5 million of McCann's salary over the next two years while he suits up for Houston. Kicking in some cash was likely necessary in order to receive more quality prospects in return for a catcher whose catching days will likely be dwindling as his plays out his contract.
What do you think of the trade? Should the Yankees have kept McCann, or are you happy with the return?