The New York Yankees and Houston Astros 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 which the Yankees will cover $11MM of his remaining salary. Abreu and Guzman are unheralded young relievers with a lot of work needed before ever making an impact in the bigs.
How this affects New York's RHP future outlook: The Yankees have a hole in their rotation as the offseason begins, but neither Abreu or Guzman will affect that whatsoever. Neither player has much of a chance to develop into a key starter for New York one day.
How this affects New York's overall future outlook: The loss of Brian McCann is much more notable than the acquisitions of Abreu and Guzman. Now that McCann (and $24MM) is officially out of the way, the Gary Sanchez era can officially begin right out of the gate next year. The loss of McCann's bat won't be too much to overcome especially if the Yanks go out and sign an impact player at DH (like Edwin Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo).
Bottom Line: The Yankees shed $24MM of committed salary over the next two years giving Sanchez a clear pathway to take over the everyday responsibilities behind the plate, but get very little in return for a player of McCann's caliber while still owing him $11MM over the next two years.