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Report: Brian McCann clears waivers, eligible to be dealt this month

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The Great Yankee Purge of 2016 could be close to claiming another victim.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball on Sunday, catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers and is now eligible to be dealt before the waiver trade deadline at the end of August.

“Out with the old, in with the new” appears to be the motto of the Yankees these days with the impending retirements of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez and a non-waiver trade deadline firesale that saw them move veterans like Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran in favor of restocking their farm system. McCann could be next on the chopping block.

The 32-year-old has a .233/.330/.417 slash line this season with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. Heyman also notes that the Atlanta Braves, McCann’s former team, could have interest in a reunion. But McCann has a full no-trade clause and is still owed $34 million over the next two seasons, both of which could impede any potential deal.

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