The New York Yankees are looking to unload veteran catcher Brian McCann this offseason and the Atlanta Braves could be one his possible destinations. The latest MLB rumors have revealed the two players the Yankees want from the Braves in exchange for McCann.
George A. King III of the New York Post reported last week that the Yankees had a trade in place for McCann that will send him to Atlanta. However, the trade deal fell through because the Yankees wanted starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz.
“The Braves and Yankees talked during this past season but didn’t move past the preliminary stage. Industry sources explained the Yankees’ fondness for Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz likely killed more serious talks,” King III noted.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, Foltynewicz is one of the two players the Yankees want to get in exchange for Brian McCann. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 4.92 ERA in his major league career but he has great stuff that could see him break out as early as next season.
On the other hand, the other player the Yankees want for McCann is outfielder Ender Inciarte. Atlanta acquired Inciarte last winter in the Shelby Miller trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is also a player like Brett Gardner as the Yankees look to get even younger.
However, Mark Bowman of MLB.com believes that the Yankees are asking too much for Brian McCann, even if they only want one of the two players mentioned. He also mentioned that the Braves could look for other options but the free agent market for catchers this winter is thin with Wilson Ramos and Matt Wieters.
“If the Yankees continue to demand Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte be included in any deal involving McCann, the Braves will look at more sensible options. They likely weren’t going to get into a bidding war for Wilson Ramos even before the veteran catcher suffered a significant knee injury,” Brown noted.
“There has never been any indication they have interest in Matt Wieters, who will be considered the top available catcher on the free agent market,” he added.
It should be noted that these are just MLB rumors at the moment and nothing has been confirmed. The Yankees will be active this winter to improve the team but they are not willing to spend big bucks since the big name free agents won’t be available until the 2018 offseason.
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