Brian McCann’s Interest In Yankees Comes With Fine Print

Brian McCann may have played his final game as an Atlanta Brave in early October. On Monday the Braves hit the 29-year-old McCann with a one-year $14.1 million qualifying offer. It's unlikely he'll sign it though. McCann has visons of Brinks armor trucks backing up into his driveway for years to come. The Yankees catchers were swinging plastic bats last season and signing McCann, who wields one of the hottest bats by a catcher in MLB is a tempting proposition. And it appears there's a mutual interest.

via New York Daily News:

McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, said Monday that the Bronx is “certainly a place that is on Brian's radar. How could it not be? You've got an historic franchise and a great park, knowledgeable fans and a chance to win, which is what every guy plays the game for.

“From Brian's standpoint, it would be an attractive place to listen to.”

Abbott, who also represented Chipper Jones, added that McCann, a seven-time All-Star, has “a lot of respect for Derek Jeter. He respects the Yankee organization. We’ve talked about Jeter a lot, like I did with Chipper when he was playing. Brian respects the way the Yankees handle themselves.”

However, be warned and read the fine print. It does come with more than just the tag price. Signing McCann would cost them a first round or second round draft pick. That could be a major drain on club that needs to build for the future and a farm system that is considered one of the least fertile in MLB. For references sake, the Boston Red Sox, who also have McCann in their crosshairs when free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, boast MLB's top minor league system according to Baseball America.