Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Rangers hoping to catch McCann?
Last offseason, the Texas Rangers went the free-agent route to fill their catcher vacancy after Mike Napoli departed. They ended up spending $7.5 million for one year of the aging A.J. Pierzynski and got a bit less bang for their buck in the process.
Now they'll be looking for a backstop again, and the jewel on the catcher market will be Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves. Texas reportedly tried to trade for McCann at the trade deadline, so they certainly seem to have interest in him, and given that McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in every season since 2008, why wouldn't they?
McCann made $12 million in 2013, and with the emergence of Evan Gattis, it seems unlikely that the Braves would be willing to match a generous Rangers offer, especially given that a better use of their money might be used on the arbitration-eligible trio of Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. That's just part of why Texas seems likely to be able to get their intended target.
Certainly the Braves are expected to make McCann, a fan favorite and Georgia native, a handsome offer, especially because there are concerns over whether or not Gattis is truly ready to be a full-time catcher in the majors. However, with the Rangers, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox all potentially ready to open up their coffers to get McCann, the Braves might end up being priced out of getting their backstop.