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Brian McCann unlikely to get an extension this season

Jan 6, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

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Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to hit the free agent market after the 2013 MLB season. But he is recovering from shoulder surgery and coming off a career-worst year, so contract talks are on hold.

Braves GM Frank Wren told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he spoke recently with McCann’s agent and that both sides agreed to shelve any extension discussions until next fall.

McCann, a .279/.351/.475 career hitter, batted just .230/.300/.399 in 487 plate appearances this past summer for Atlanta. If the 28-year-old backstop can find a way to rebound in 2013, he should do quite well for himself.

Yadier Molina‘s five-year, $75 million pact with the Cardinals could serve as a kind of framework.

  1. innout10 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Lock in hey, Prad and med first.. Bmac won’t leave at end of season and will bounce back this year. Future looks good

    • historiophiliac - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      You know, you can have more than 140 characters on here, Larry.

  2. Walk - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I love mac but the braves got a decent catcher waiting in the minors that i hope to see in september. I know this is unpopular but i was hoping they would have traded mac last year prior to the surgery. Mac would have had a full year plus which could have added to his value. The braves have bigger holes than catcher. Most teams only have catchers that are useful for defense and calling a game. Trading mac to fill holes in the outfield, namely left and center and getting a leadoff hitter i consider higher priority than maintaining a great hitting catcher. Macs defense is going to be suspect after the shoulder surgery, i hope he recovers fully, but he may end up being best used on an american league team as a back up catcher and full time dh.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      They have a CF named Upton…

    • mrwillie - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Bethancourt? He’s still 21 with a long ways to go with his bat. Defensively he’s probably big league ready, but his bat has not caught up. He still looks like he’s a few years away from being called up, and he should be. He’s got plenty of time.

  3. Walk - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Sorry i meant to put left or center not and center. I figure prado moves into the infield. I am not sold on uggla at second either. I think he might end up at third before his current contract is up.

  4. mrqwag - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Why extend an injury prone veteran when you have a stud catcher like Christian Bethancourt in your minor league system?

  5. Walk - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    The problem with the braves is their budget. When a big free agent hits the market they might make an offer but they have small chance of landing them. I fear mac if he hits free agency is going to command a salary the braves will not pay. At best we get a draft pick. If the team that signs him has a protected pick it is a worse situation. Compound that with the fact that the braves have to make a qualifying offer and the situation is murky at best. If they can extend him now for a few years i am all for it but i think they missed the chance for mac to command the highest value he would have had in a trade by not moving him when there was a full season on his contract.

  6. louhudson23 - Jan 7, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Reality is that he could easily be finished. While he could just as easily bounce completely back,there is a very real concern that his type of injury and his playing position will not allow that to happen. There is simply no reason to spend the money on this big of a question mark.

  7. bravojawja - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    There’s no reason for either side to do anything right now anyway. On the business side, nobody has any leverage – McCann had a bad, injury-plagued year; the Braves have no one ready to jump in for another couple of years at least (unless they trust Gattis back there, but they’ve put him in LF in the minors and winter ball).

    Mac has been the face of the franchise, right behind Chipper, who is now gone. He’s the veteran leadership on the team, which is weird since it seems like he showed up to play yesterday. God, I’m old. In any event, it’s always hard to dump a player as well loved as Mac, but the Braves have done it before. I’m not sure my grandmother ever forgave them for not re-signing Javy Lopez, but she remained a fan of the team anyway.

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