One of the most coveted players in this free agent market has elected to test his value. Free agent Brian McCann has opted to reject the qualifying offer made by the Atlanta Braves and as a result, the former All-Star catcher will look to receive more than the $14 million he would’ve been given to stay with the Braves for another season.
It might not be a great move for the Braves organization, but McCann did the right thing looking towards his future.
McCann is coming off another solid year both defensively, where he posted a 2.7 WAR and finished the season with a .256/.336/.461 slash line. McCann also had 20 HRs and 57 RBIs despite playing only 102 games due to injuries, a career-low since his first full season in 2006.
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding McCann’s availability in the open market and with several teams looking to upgrade at the backstop, it wouldn’t be strange if any franchise decided to overpay for his services. After all, McCann is only 29-years old and even though he has had some injuries issues throughout his career, he can be a long-term solution behind the plate as a force on both sides of the ball.
It remains to be seen when and where McCann will end up signing a new contract, but two things are certain: the Braves will receive a draft pick in compensation and most importantly, McCann did the right thing to test his value as a free agent.