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Texas Rangers Could Target Brian McCann in Free Agency

Upgrading their offense is going to be a certain priority for the Texas Rangers this offseason and one option they could potentially target just might be Brian McCann. Once the postseason comes to a close, the long time Atlanta Braves catcher is going to reach free agency for the first time in his career. Multiple teams will have interest, but Danny Knobler of CBS Sports believes that the Texas Rangers could be one of the more aggressive suitors.

Knobler’s heard from sources that the Rangers have tried – on multiple occasions – to acquire McCann from the Braves via trade. They routinely have their scouts watching Braves games to monitor McCann.

Atlanta is not expected to pursue re-signing McCann, despite the fact that he’s spent his entire nine year career with the team. The team has internal options who they believe can be more cost effective (Evan Gattis, eventually Christian Bethancourt). McCann is coming off a 2013 season in which he hit .256/.336/.461 in 402 PA. He’d add 20 HR, the sixth consecutive season he’s hit 20+. He’s been a big part of the Braves lineup for many years, but it appears all but certain that he’ll suit up in another uniform in 2014.

Texas will have an opening behind the plate, as A.J. Pierzynski will also be hitting the free agent market and appears unlikely to be re-signed by the team. McCann will turn 30 just as Spring Training begins. If he can remain behind the plate for another few seasons and given the expected market for his services this winter, it’s conceivable to think that he’ll see a multi-year deal this offseason.

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  • Matthew Jones

    We’ve been hearing differently about the Braves going after McCann here in Atlanta, but granted, our source is the AJC. Long story short, there’s seemingly money to be paid, but the general consensus is that McCann would have to take a ‘hometown discount’ to continue in a Braves uniform. I don’t know if he does that considering that he’ll be 31 (or 32? I can’t remember off the top of my head) by the end of next season. He’s blocked to become the Braves 1B by Freeman, and the likelihood of him staying at catcher for the remainder of his career may not happen. It’ll be interesting to see what happens for him. I’m hoping he’ll stay in Atlanta because he’s such a good catcher for the pitchers first, then a great bat in the lineup.

    • Aaron Somers

      I’ve always believed that McCann was once very likely to finish his career in Atlanta. He’d seemed like the logical choice to take Chipper’s mantle as the leader of the team and run with it. He’s just become … replaceable. I think the Braves have too much faith in Gattis and eventually Bethancourt that they are willing to risk letting McCann go. The Braves will simple reallocate those funds elsewhere.

      At this point I’d be surprised to see him return to Atlanta, but I won’t rule it out.

  • delashmit

    It would be nice to have him in Texas but I do not see the Rangers committing that much money on a long term contract.