Sep 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a home run against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: McCann on 'verge of deal' with Yankees


Former Atlanta Braves catcher and free agent Brian McCann is on the verge of joining the New York Yankees, according to a report from Evan Grant at the Dallas Morning News.

McCann, according to two major league sources, has ruled the Rangers out and, according to a source, is on the verge of a long-term deal with the New York Yankees. McCann’s agent, BB Abbott, said he could not confirm that his client had agreed to terms with any team. [Dallas Morning News]

McCann, 29, has played every game of his 9-year career with the Atlanta Braves.  He hit at least 20 home runs in seven of his nine seasons with the team, and 18 in another.

And there is this from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:

He declined a qualifying offer from the Braves earlier this month.

If he indeed does land with the Yankees, McCann could see more plate appearances down the stretch in his career due to his ability to hit out of the designated hitter spot.

McCann is a career .277 hitter but saw his average drop to .256 in 2013 and a career low .230 in 2012, as he was limited to 102 and 121 games, respectively.

McCann made the National League All Star team 7 times while in an Atlanta uniform and won 5 Silver Sluggers.

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