Archive for the ‘Brian McCann’ Category

MLB: New York Yankees-Workout

In some ways, the Yankees signing of Brian McCann is already old news. Swept aside after the Yankees kept grabbing assets, signing Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and of course Masahiro Tanaka before they were finished shopping.

Ellsbury was a key member of the World Series champions. Tanaka was the crown jewel of the 2013 off-season. Carlos Beltran is a likely Hall of Famer perfectly suited to the ballpark and role the Yankees ask of him. But of this clutch of new players, it is Brian McCann who might provide the greatest bump to Yankee fortunes.

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

The Boston Red Sox made hay this year by hitting on a bunch of free agents signings and creating a team that appears, or is at least credited as being, greater than the sum of its parts. Platoon guys and character guys who didn’t quite look like they would be the great team Fenway Park eventually produced.

The Red Sox are now thought to be in pursuit of Brian McCann, the long-time Braves catcher testing free agency for the very first time. A lot of what McCann offers appeals to the Red Sox and their sensibilities. One Sox fan laid out his personal list of reasons for the Sox making a move on McCann. It’s hard to argue with many of the points.

The more I think about it, the more I feel like all these points are related. And the more closely related the points are, the more important it becomes for teams to not only target good players but targeting the correct players.

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