The Braves have lost free agent Brian McCann to the New York Yankees today. This comes only a short time after Tim Hudson also left to go to the San Francisco Giants. There was a time when it was just assumed that all great free agents would inevitably be swallowed by the gaping money-lined pit of the Bronx, but I cannot fault the Yankees on this one. Now there are plenty of stupidly-rich teams driving up the bidding, so they weren’t the only ones in the mix. And besides, it’s hard to argue that McCann was not a perfect fit for a Yankees team that 1) needed a catcher, 2) has an available DH spot, and 3) has a tiny right-field. It’s just difficult to see one of the more reliable faces of the franchise depart, particularly to the despicable AL East.
But that’s not to say I didn’t predict it. This summer on my Vita version of MLB 13 The Show, I traded McCann to the Yankees and acquired C.C. Sabathia, with Mariano Rivera included as filler. Video games can be so much sweeter than cold, bitter reality.
I sure won’t miss seeing McCann bounce another throw down to second though. No way does he have an 89 on arm strength.