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HOUSTON – The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

“We entered the offseason with the acquisition of a catcher as a primary focus,“ said Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. “Brian McCann is a great fit for the Astros as he is not only a good defensive catcher, he is also a left-handed hitter with proven run producing ability.  His experience and his ability to impact his teammates will be a significant benefit to our team.”

McCann, 32, batted .242 with 20 homers, 13 doubles, 58 RBI and 54 walks in 130 games in 2016. He appeared in 92 games behind the plate, and three at first base. Over the course of his 12-year career, McCann has been named to seven All-Star teams and has won six Silver Slugger Awards.  He spent his first nine seasons with the Braves (2005-13), and past three with the Yankees (2014-16).