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Yankees sign McCann to five-year deal

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 23, 2013 06:23 PM

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The Yankees have a five-year, $85 million deal in place with catcher Brian McCann. The deal includes a vesting option for a sixth season worth $15 million and a full no-trade clause.

The Rangers and Rockies were players for McCann until the Yankees wrapped him up. For the Yankees, McCann will be a significant upgrade over Chris Stewart and Austin Romine. McCann, who turns 30 in February, hit .256 with a .796 OPS last season.

The Red Sox were involved with the negotiations for McCann but did not approach that level of commitment according to major league sources.

With Carlos Ruiz and McCann off the market, the Sox still have plentiful options for a catcher. They remain engaged with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, their primary catcher last season and now a free agent. Saltalamacchia is seeking a three-year contract but the Red Sox would prefer two.

A.J. Pierzynski and Dioner Navarro also are free agents. Or they could pursue a trade, something general manager Ben Cherington has hinted at.

That McCann had a deal with the Yankees was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.

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