The Houston Astros and New York Yankees have agreed on a trade involving Brian McCann heading to Houston while RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzman will be heading to New York. The 32 year-old catcher batted .242/.335/.413 last year with 20 Home Runs in 492 Plate Appearances and still has two years and $34MM left on his contract with a $15MM option for 2019 that will vest based on McCann reaching various playing milestones over the next two years. The Yankees will cover $11MM of his remaining salary.
How this affects Houston's catcher future outlook: With Jason Castro hitting the free agent market, the Astros quickly moved in a direction after acquiring Brian McCann from the Yankees. McCann isn't the perennial Silver Slugger he was back in Atlanta, but he should continue to give Houston solid production behind the plate as the team continues to find it's long-term solution at the position.
How this affects Houston's overall future outlook: With a young core already established, McCann will prove to be an upgrade offensively over Castro, although his pitch framing and overall defense won't be as good. Considering Altuve, Correa, Springer, and Bregman are all righties, bringing in a left-handed bat like McCann should help balance out the lineup. The team could look to move Gattis after McCann's acquisition. RHP's Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman don't figure to make much of an impact for a with neither player reaching Double-A yet.
Bottom Line: After Jason Castro departed in free agency, the Astros traded for the left-handed hitting Brian McCann to fill in as the backstop for the next couple years that will balance out the righty-heavy lineup.