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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STAFF
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:30 PM
Brian McCann’s time as a Yankee is done.
The team announced Thursday that it has dealt the catcher to the Houston Astros, along with cash considerations, in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
The Daily News reported Wednesday that the Yankees had already identified a poentital trade partner for McCann, who has two years, $ 34 million remaining on his contract.
McCann, who played in the Bronx the past three seasons, had a full no-trade clause, so he ultimately decided to okay the deal to Houston. He hit .242 with 20 home runs in 130 games with the Bombers last season.
With the 32-year-old only acting as the Yankees’ designated hitter and part-time catcher — with Gary Sanchez behind the plate full-time — it was possible McCann would look to leave. The Astros had been desperate for both a catcher and left-handed power hitter.
Abreu, 21, was 3-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 games with Single-A Quad Cities and Single-A Lancaster in 2016. Guzman, 20, went 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 13 games with the GCL Astros and Rookie-level Greeneville during that time.