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(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
If you were away from all forms of media or under the proverbial rock this past weekend, the Yankees and Brian McCann agreed to a 5-year/$85 million deal. The deal comes with a vesting option that can make it 6 years/$100 million and it's contingent on McCann passing a physical, but there's little reason to think that won't happen. For all intents and purposes, McCann can be considered the Yankees' new starting catcher.
The reaction to the signing has been most positive thus far. I know I was a big fan of it. In McCann, the Yankees got the best player available at their position of greatest weakness in his prime, and they got him for basically market value. That's not to say the deal is a 100%, no-doubt win for the Yankees. There are a few things that could turn the signing against the Yanks, things that surely influenced William's decision to steer clear of McCann in his Project 189 team construction before starting to come around to the idea of McCann at catcher yesterday. In the interest of looking at this deal from all angles, here are the things that could potentially turn it into a loser for the Yankees down the road.