McCann signed a contract with the Braves on Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Specifics regarding the contract remain unclear, but McCann is headed back to where he spent the first nine years of his big-league career. The backstop battled injuries and hit just .212/.301/.339 across 63 games in 2018, though he owns a career .263/.338/.454 slash line through 14 seasons. He figures to operate on the strong side of a catching platoon with Tyler Flowers in 2019.
The Astros declined McCann's $15 million club option for 2019 on Wednesday. McCann will hit the open market after appearing in just 63 games for the Astros in 2018 due to a lingering knee issue. When healthy, the 34-year-old hit just .212/.301/.339 with seven homers.
McCann went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. McCann's homer was his first since returning from the arthroscopic knee surgery that sidelined him for two months. He's hit safely in three straight while knocking in runs all three, but he isn't playing enough to warrant much fantasy consideration. His playing time has decreased since Houston acquired Martin Maldonado.
McCann is on the bench Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Since returning from a knee injury Sept. 1, McCann has made just six starts, while Martin Maldonado has gotten the nod on eight occasions. McCann is just 3-for-18 since his return, so unless he turns things around at the plate, he's likely to continue finding himself on the bench more often than not.
McCann is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. McCanno will head to the bench with the Diamondbacks sending left-hander Robbie Ray to the mound. Martin Maldonado starts behind the plate for the Astros, batting eighth.