One of the biggest worries for the Atlanta Braves was how the organization would replace Brian McCann this offseason. One of the best catchers in the National League has suited up behind home plate consistently since 2005 for Atlanta. The good news for the Braves is that they did a tremendous job in replacing McCann’s production.
Atlanta acquired catcher Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin. Even though Atlanta will be required to cover all of Doumit’s $3.5 million salary for 2014, it’s still way cheaper than five-year, $85 million contract McCann signed with the New York Yankees, especially since that deal could reach $100 million with a vesting option.
It’s true that Doumit doesn’t match up with McCann defensively. However, the two are very comparable offensively.
McCann batted .256 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI, 13 doubles, 39 walks, 66 strikeouts and a .336 on-base percentage in 356 at-bats last season. Meanwhile, Doumit batted .247 with 14 home runs, 55 RBI, 28 doubles, one triple, 48 walks, 99 strikeouts and a .314 on-base percentage in 485 at-bats.
This year was kind of a down season for Doumit, who is expected to get his batting average back around his career average of .268. Not to mention, he also is capable of producing more runs, especially since he will in all likelihood win the starting role with Atlanta.
I’m sure fans were sad to see McCann go. However, the acquisition of Doumit has to bring a smile to face of the people of Atlanta.