For those Atlanta Braves fans who are holding onto hope that all-star catcher Brian McCann might return to the team with a new contract in 2014, I have bad news for you. The experts have set McCann’s expected free agent value and well, it’s good. He isn’t going to set any records with his deal but you can be sure that it will be a lot of money. And it will be way more money than the Braves would want to pay for McCann at this point in his career considering they have Evan Gattis and Christian Bethancourt coming from the minors.
Anyone who has been a fan of McCann shouldn’t really be that surprised. He has had a consistently great career so far and he deserves to get paid for it. The Braves aren’t in a position to give him $80 to $100MM over the next five years. I hate it but in a non-perfect world, things like this happen. McCann shouldn’t return. He should go to a team that plays in the American League, possibly the New York Yankees, and make himself further into the legend that he should be.
For Chipper Jones the path was made easier because he didn’t care if he was the highest paid third baseman in baseball. I don’t believe McCann wants that title for catchers either but I would be willing to bet that he has seen the writing on the wall for quite some time. The Braves have young men that can probably match McCann’s output for a ton less money that will have more of a future because they are younger. Everyone should be very happy for him and I for one have no problem with that even if he signs with the Yankees. He deserves a good deal, he’s earned it.