Saturday at approximately 5:00 P.M Central time the Yankees finalized a deal with Catcher Brian McCann. This deal is said to be worth 85M for 5 Years. This is an awful deal at this time. The Yankees couldn’t have made a worse deal than this one at this time. Anyone who follows the Yankees or has SportsCenter knows the Yankees are attempting to get under the 189M luxury tax. In addition to the luxury tax they currently have no clue what’s going to happen with their third basemen who just recently threw his pacifier on the ground and stormed out of his own grievance hearing. Though, that’s not the end of the Yankees problems. They have an aging Short Stop who will need days off. Their seconded basemen and best player Robinson Cano rather party with Jay-Z than sit down like a big boy and begin searching for a team who will meet his 300M 10 year contract demands. Not to mention they have two starting pitchers, and last time I checked you needed five starting pitchers or at least most teams tried for five. This also sounds like a perfect time to mention their aging outfielders. I guess the Yankees have faith in Vernon Wells, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzki, and Brett Gardner. I honestly don’t mind that outfield too much from a defensive point of view. Alfonso was great with the bat last year, which to me makes up for his poor play in the outfield. Gardner is great defensively, and Ichiro Suzki is just alright for a forty year old. Vernon Wells is the obvious back up, but not much to cheer about with that.
Like it or not Yankee fans, but all of these needs that I have stated goes hand-in-hand with newly acquired Brian McCann’s contract. For those fans who follow the Yankees, if you recall around this time last winter they let Russell Martin walk away claiming they were going in house for a catcher. What has happened from then until now? Maybe a Chris Stewart .211 BA and 25 RBI’s just wasn’t good enough for the Yankees even though they were focused on defense only. Maybe Austin Romine’s .207 BA and 10 RBI’s in 60 games was enough to force this move for Brian McCann as well as Stewart’s poor offensive season. It would certainly be cheaper if the Yankees went with a Francisco Cervelli who did surprisingly well until he got hurt last year. Even an Austin Romine would be much cheaper, but instead of letting those young players grind it out and find their grove next year the Yankees decided to turn back to their old ways and blow a free agent out of the water with another major contract.
A report came out that after this deal with McCann the Yankees were sitting at 116M in payroll give and take a few million. Still well below their 189M mark, but looking at the Yankees roster their budget seems so tight. This article shows the holes missing in the Yankees depth chart. This is not the time for the Yankees to over pay and lock up a catcher who is thirty especially when they have so many including Cervelli, Romine, Stewart, Murphy, and number one prospect Gary Sanchez. McCann isn’t a bad player by any means, I don’t hate the guy I think he will be a good fit. His bat will provide some power that the Yankees need and it will go well in Yankee stadium with the short porch in right. However, he is no Yadier Molina who received a 75M 5 year contract. All in all, McCann will be good in New York, I suspect his numbers will actually jump up early on in his contract. Though, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Yankees have so many other needs and only so much money in their budget. The Yankees just don’t have enough money to blow it on McCann, he won’t bat over .300, he is not exactly young, and he already has a lot of wear and tear on his body. He is not the answer to the Yankees poor season, and he will not bring them a championship. This was clearly a selfish move by the Yankees. It’s too bad McCann plays a position where the Yankees can already make do with the players they have. The questions Yankee fans need to ask themselves are these: What about third base? What about seconded base? What about starting pitching or bullpen? Are the Yankees going to go out and buy a closer as well when they have a more than capable player to step up in David Robertson? The Yankees need to change their ways and give guys a chance. Give David a chance to close, and let Romine or Cervelli catch. Until the Yankees change their ways of doing business these type of contracts that just don’t make sense will continue to happen. On the bright side, they have gained some common sense over the years and won’t be touching ten years for Cano. Though for this season if the Yankees do stay under the 189M mark this contract was a waste of Yankee fans time, money, hopes, and dreams.