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That title was like the text that came my way from BYB Managing Editor Jeana Bellezza just alittle while ago. In between me informing the BYB community that Brian McCann could get traded but no idea when (Read HOT STOVE CRAZINESS: McCANN & CHAPMAN), and then me helping my kiddies with their homework… in came that text. Brian McCann was traded to the Astros, and life goes on in Yankeeland.
The deal is done, and involves the following. The Yankees will pay $5.5 million of that McCann contract while the Astros will handle the remaining $17 million.
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The Yankees also receive 2 prospects in the deal… Jorge Guzman and Albert Abreu.
MLB Trade Rumors gives us alittle flair about these kids:
“…the Yankees were no doubt intrigued by the two player they received. Abreu is the more highly regarded of the two; as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America explains, he throws a live fastball that occasionally nears the triple-digits. With a four-pitch arsenal, he perhaps has a chance to stick as a starter. Still, he only just turned 21 and struggled with his command last year at the Class A and High-A levels.
Guzman, meanwhile, has even more velocity, with his heater ticking up to 102-103 mph at times. Cooper notes, though, that he’s more effective when he’s operating at a slightly lower velocity (in his case, the upper-nineties). While the long-term outlook suggests that Guzman will end up in the pen, he is said to have a promising slider and also a change-up that’s in the works. The 20-year-old has yet to move past Rookie ball, but showed big strikeout ability (12.2 K/9) in his time in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues last year.”
While it is sad to see McCann go, you have to really and truly appreciate what the Yankees are doing with these young players. Hats off to Cashman for sure.
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Good luck to Brian McCann.