Well I can't say I this coming so early. Via Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees and free agent catcher Brian McCann have agreed to a 5-year/$85 million deal. The deal also has a vesting option that could bring the total to 6 years and $100 million.
The report has been confirmed by Mark Feinsand, so it sounds like this is a done deal pending a physical. McCann was one of the Yankees' major offseason targets from the beginning and he's an obvious great fit for the stadium, the team, and the pitching staff. My FA profile on him can be found here. Cash recently said the team was "absolutely" going to tender a contract offer to Cervelli this year, so now there's an overabundance of catching depth. Expect Stewart to be non-tendered and maybe one of the Romine/Murphy tandem to be traded.
More details to come on this as they become available. The first big offseason stone has been cast. Let's see what chips fall as a result.
** UPDATE 6:34 PM- David Waldstein reporting that the deal is actually worth $82.5 million and still has not been finalized. Stay tuned... **
** UPDATE 7:28 PM- Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees offered the $82.5 mil figure and McCann's side countered with 85 to make it a deal. **
** UPDATE 9:34 PM- Missed this earlier but via Jon Heyman, the contract comes with a full no-trade clause. That and the vesting option make the deal a little more of a risk for the Yankees, but it's still a very good one for the best player available at the position. **