Brian McCann agrees to deal to return to Braves

ATLANTA -- Brian McCann slipped on the No. 16 jersey he wore for so many years.

Looking to improve on their first division title in five years, the Atlanta Braves agreed a one-year contract with McCann on Monday.

McCann's $2 million contract was announced by the Braves, reuniting the team with a catcher who was a seven-time All-Star from 2005-13. A native of suburban Atlanta, he was eager for a chance to return home with his wife and two children.

McCann, who turns 35 in February, left the Braves to sign an $85 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He was traded to Houston after the emergence of Gary Sanchez , helping the Astros win their first World Series title in 2017.

But McCann dipped badly this year, hitting a career-low .212 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 63 games. He missed about two months because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July.