McCann, Yankees sign 5-year, $85M deal

McCann, Yankees sign 5-year, $85M deal

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Brian McCann waves to the crowd during Opening Day ceremonies at Turner Field on April 1, 2013. Brian McCann waves to the crowd during Opening Day ceremonies at Turner Field on April 1, 2013.

By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells FOX 5 News that free-agent catcher Brian McCann and the New York Yankees are about to complete a five-year deal for around $85 million.

McCann's agent tells FOX 5 News on Saturday night that the contract is expected to include a vesting option for at least another year.

The move would be the first major addition for the Yankees since they missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. They finished fourth in the AL East this season.

The Yankees made finding a catcher a priority this offseason, and McCann was the best available. The seven-time All-Star played all nine of his big league seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

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