The Houston Astros made the first big splash of the offseason Thursday, acquiring catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in exchange for a pair of prospects.
The Yankees acquired pitcher Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman in the deal.
McCann has two years and $34 million left on his contract and a $15 million club option for 2019. He spent the last few years with the Yankees, but didn’t really fulfill the brunt of the expectations when New York signed him. He’s gotten older and had lost his catching job to Gary Sanchez.
He hit .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI last season.
Abreu is a 21-year-old pitcher who was rated as one of the best in the Astros’ organization last year. He spent last season between Single-A Quad Cities and High-A Lancaster. Guzman, 20, spent last season in the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League.
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