The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that they declined to pick up their $15 million option on catcher Brian McCann.
The Astros acquired McCann from the New York Yankees in November 2016 in exchange for pitching prospects. He played last season under the final year of a five-year, $85 million contract he signed with New York in 2014.
McCann, 34, struggled with injuries in his two seasons with Houston. He played in 97 games in 2017 and 63 games this season, missing two months of 2018 because of knee surgery. However, he was a regular contributor to the Astros' 2017 World Series championship team.
Over his two seasons in Houston, he hit .230 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs in 615 plate appearances. His option would have become guaranteed had he met certain benchmarks, including 1,000 plate appearances over the two years.
The Astros also outrighted right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave off the 40-man roster. Gustave, 26, has been sidelined since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2017. In a total of 20 appearances for the Astros in 2016 and '17, Gustave went 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA.
--Field Level Media
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