The New York Yankees have been looking to trade catcher Brian McCann this season and it was speculated that he will end up with his former team, the Atlanta Braves. However, no deal was made but the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Yankees might acquire starter Mike Foltynewicz from the Braves for McCann this winter.
According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees had a trade in place for McCann to Atlanta but they wanted Foltynewicz which killed the deal. The Braves are apparently high on the 25-year-old pitcher despite having a 4.92 ERA in his major league career.
“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.
Scott Ferris of Outside Pitch Sports Network pointed out the reasons why the Yankees want a player like Foltynewicz and the Braves are reluctant to include him the Brian McCann trade. He noted that the Illinois native has the potential to be a top starter due to his incredible fastball.
“It’s easy to see why New York would be interested in Foltynewicz. Though his overall numbers may not look great on the surface, digging a bit deeper reveals a pitcher on the verge of a breakout,” Ferris reported.
“His calling card is an electric fastball. When he’s on, that heater has tremendous swing-and-miss potential and helps set up his breaking ball. He has above average command, especially for throwing so hard, and has put together some dominant outings,” he added.
It should be noted that Brian McCann started his career with the Braves in 2005 before leaving in 2013 to sign in New York. Atlanta is looking for a catcher this offseason but they also need starting pitching that is why it would be hard for them to let Foltynewicz go for McCann.
Nevertheless, these are just MLB rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt. The market for free agent catchers this winter is thin and the Yankees are expected to receive several calls for their veteran backstop.
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