Brian McCann is returning to where it all started.
McCann spent the past five seasons with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, winning one Silver Slugger Award and a 2017 World Series ring. Over that span, he’s hit .234/.314/.414 with 94 home runs in 565 games played.
Last season, McCann hit 18 percent below league average but is left-handed bat provides more of a true platoon situation for the lefty Flowers, though Kurt Suzuki’s production will be difficult to replicate.
Brian McCann’s 1-year, $2 million deal gives the Braves a nice lefty/righty catching platoon. He’s 30 homers from hitting 300 in his career.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 26, 2018
McCann previously spent nine years in Atlanta in which he was arguably the National League’s best all-around catcher. From 2005 to 2013, only Joe Mauer posted a higher WAR among catchers as McCann made seven All-Star appearances and won five Silver Slugger Awards.
By spending only $2 million to address their vacant catching spot, the Braves will be able to aim even higher at other positions (like adding Josh Donaldson for $23 million) as they attempt to build off last year’s division title run.
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