The Houston Astros made quite a splash on Thursday, trading for catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees. The Astros sent minor league right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
But the deal seems to be getting a little better as the Yankees will be paying a portion of McCann’s salary in Houston, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The Yankees are kicking in $5.5 million of the $17 million McCann will make each of the next two seasons.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 17, 2016
New york will play 11 million over two seasons, dropping McCain's salary to $11.5 million each of the next two things. McCann before the move was the third-highest paid catcher in the MLB, behind Buster Posey (22 million in 2017) and Russell Martin (20 million). But Astros' portion would make McCann the sixth-highest paid catcher.
At the moment, the Astors salary is $61,950,00 with Yulieski Gurriel as the highest paid player on the roster ($14,400,00). But that does not yet include the reported deal with Josh Reddick — a 4-year, $52 million contract.