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Heyman: Brian McCann to be heavily pursued by some of MLB’s richest teams

Oct 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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Last week, we learned that some in the business think long time Braves catcher Brian McCann could earn as much as $100 million in free agency this off-season. That could come to fruition as many of the teams that will be in hot pursuit of McCann’s services rank among baseball’s richest teams.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports lists the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, White Sox, Blue Jays, Cubs, and Angels among the many teams who could get involved in the bidding for the free agent catcher.

Heymann says that the Braves aren’t expected to jump into the fray to retain McCann’s services:

The incumbent Braves like McCann but are sure to spend their money elsewhere considering their tight budget, with a player payroll that has stayed between $90 million and $100 million six straight years, and a decent catching situation, with Evan Gattis and prospect Christian Bethancourt, a defensive whiz, as young, cost-effective alternatives.

McCann turns 30 in February, so a likely free agent contract will take him into his mid-30′s. He missed the first 30 games of the 2013 regular season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He had a typical above-average year, reaching 20 home runs for the sixth consecutive year while being reliable behind the plate.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Yankees. Guaranteed.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      dodgers might in that mix too……..sure glad the cardianls locked up Yadi

      • Jason Lukehart - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Money talks, but something tells me the Dodgers are not McCann’s preferred destination. I’d love to see him and Puig becomes best friends though.

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Yes, because we all know that Puig can teach him to play the game the right way.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        maybe the Orix Blue Wave…

    • dondada10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Blue Jays wouldn’t surprise me.

  2. Anoesis - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Glad to see the Dodgers not on that list. McCann’s head would explode trying to force Puig to “play the game the right way.” Whatever the hell that means. It would end up being the first time in baseball history a catcher blocked his own teammate from crossing the plate.

    • rjostewart - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Jeez, now I really hope the Dodgers blow away everyone else’s offer…

    • quintjs - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      It could also be a full out baseball brawl in which one of the teams doesn’t actually participate…

    • voteforno6 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      No, McCann doesn’t care what his own team does. He’s only concerned that the other team plays the right way. Just ask Justin Upton.

  3. 18thstreet - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Goes to show just how valuable it is to have quality players in your own development system ready for the majors. I mean, if the Braves didn’t have those catchers available, they’d have to be in on the bidding, too.

    • genericcommenter - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Sounds like a huge downgrade.

  4. swimmer2010 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Anyone want to trade a warm bucket of spit and a burning bag of dog feces for the contracts of Brake Job Upton (13M+ per year) and Ugly Dan (also 13M+ per year)?

    • phlato73 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      do not know what the braves saw in upton! he was a slacker in tampa n will always be one!

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Not a slacker; just not very good.

  5. shavodog1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    @bfunk1978. Rays fan here… Upton has all the talent needed to be a great player. The guy is a lazy bum. Rarely hustled in Tampa. Just ask Longoria… Would’ve loved to see Longo knock his ass out a couple years back for repeatedly not hustling! So glad he’s not in Tampa anymore! If they guy had half the drive his brother has he’d be an all-star every year.

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