Brian McCann traded to Astros, ends hope of homecoming

The Houston Astros acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in a trade on Thursday.

The Athens, Ga. native was traded to the Astros for two right-handed pitching prospects who have not pitched above Single-A baseball. The Yankees are also picking up a portion of McCann's salary for the next two seasons, according to 11Alive news partner USATODAY.

McCann, 32, made his MLB debut in 2005 with the Atlanta Braves, where he played for nine seasons until joining the Yankees in 2013.

There were rumors before the trade that the Braves were interested in bringing McCann back to his home state to share the catching duties with Tyler Flowers.

The seven-time All-Star is likely taking the place of catcher Jason Castro, who was paired with former Brave Evan Gattis behind home plate for the Astros. Castro is a free agent.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Wednesday that the Braves are interested in Castro.

Last season, McCann hit .242 with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs. 

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