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Yankees Trade Brian McCann to the Astros

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Brian McCann had been a possibility for backup catcher for the Yankees, but in Houston he will have more chances to catch.

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Continuing their transformation into a younger and financially leaner team, the Yankees traded Brian McCann and cash on Thursday to the Houston Astros for two raw pitching prospects, Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.

With the trade, the Yankees shed $23 million of McCann’s contract over the next two years, while paving the way for Gary Sanchez to be the everyday catcher after his short but impressive turn with the team last season.

“Getting the additional money to play with on our end gives us a lot of choices in the trade and free agent market,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. “Does it mean we’re absolutely going to do something? No. It doesn’t mean we have to reallocate it immediately, but we’re going to be open to doing so.”

McCann, 32, had become expendable and expensive as a backup catcher and part-time designated hitter for the Yankees next season, but in Houston he will have the…

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