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    DOTW 7/10/13: Re-sign McCann?

    Should the Braves re-sign McCann? I know we've talked about this before, but we haven't yet on this board and now that we've seen some of what McCann can do post shoulder surgery some folks may have a change of opinion.

    I don't what to think now. It's a real tough call, imo. I'm worried that Gattis could have issues with injuries, but at the same time Mac is heading toward the wrong side of 30.

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    I'm on the fence. Can't decide one way or another. I think what it really comes down to with me is years and money. If he's willing to do a team friendly deal for 3-4 years because he's happy with the Braves and really wants to stay here, I'd seriously consider it.
    However, if he's looking for market value or more, we have other options.

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    I like lifers. Put a ring on it.

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    For the purpose of this thread let's just assume that he'll get market value. It seems like a reasonable assumption with some high payroll teams in the market for catching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphysicist View Post
    I like lifers. Put a ring on it.
    Please, cleanse that song from my mind with some cyndi lauper or something.

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    Obviously it depends on price. Some think he'll ask for Molina money. I don't think he will. I think he wants to stay here until he retires. I think 4/50 gets it done and I think the Braves would offer that.


    He's either our best or 2nd best hitter depending on what Justin Upton shows up. I really don't want to lose him.

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    McCann and Huddy are technically the last players remaining from the streak (the last year in 2005).

    Let's keep the battery charged!

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    I'm on the fence as well. This seems like a time where a good org. lets the guy walk. He's still not 30, but we can't DH him. Will he be productive in two years after continuing to catch almost every game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeezus View Post
    I'm on the fence as well. This seems like a time where a good org. lets the guy walk. He's still not 30, but we can't DH him. Will he be productive in two years after continuing to catch almost every game?
    Good post. I love the guy but I am not convinced it's the best decision to re-sign him. I think while he may not want Molina money I think he'll want more then we should or can realistically pay him.

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    I know there was talk about possibly having the DH in the NL lately. How serious are the decision makers on that, or was it just some journalists speculating about it?

    If there's a good chance of having the DH within 2 years, will that have an effect on resigning Mac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProbationDeac View Post
    Good post. I love the guy but I am not convinced it's the best decision to re-sign him. I think while he may not want Molina money I think he'll want more then we should or can realistically pay him.
    If he wants anywhere near Molina money then the decision is pretty easy IMO. I don't think the Braves would give him that much if we didn't have Gattis waiting to take over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtcway View Post
    I know there was talk about possibly having the DH in the NL lately. How serious are the decision makers on that, or was it just some journalists speculating about it?

    If there's a good chance of having the DH within 2 years, will that have an effect on resigning Mac?
    I would hope they wouldn't be allowed to enact something that quickly. Some rules, yes, change instantly. This would be a rule that DRASTICALLY changes how an organization builds its team. There would need to be a significant amount of time between passing it and actually enacting it, I would think and hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carp View Post
    Obviously it depends on price. Some think he'll ask for Molina money. I don't think he will. I think he wants to stay here until he retires. I think 4/50 gets it done and I think the Braves would offer that.


    He's either our best or 2nd best hitter depending on what Justin Upton shows up. I really don't want to lose him.
    I'm not sure why he'd go 4/50 as a catcher. I know it's plenty of money, but most guys won't take that as a 29 yr old catcher. I think he'd want more years, and someone, especially in the AL, who can catch him for 2-3 years and then DH him, will give it to him.

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    I dont think 4/50 is a doable thing with McCann when you look at what guys like Victorino got and Napoli asked for. And too many deep pocketed AL teams being in the market for a catcher. Yanks, Tigers and BoSox to name the big 3, and Texas as well.

    Having said that, looking at the payroll now, next year and going forward, the decisions that will have to be made re guys like Heyward, Freeman, Kimbrel and the young pitchers: We have 4 large contract players and need a true TOR pitcher. Seems to me that at least 1 and preferably 2 of Uggla, Mac, the Upton Bros. will have to go.

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    Barring a poor second half or injury, McCann will get at least 15M/year for 4 years in the FA market. The new national TV contract is going to cause some inflation in the FA market.
    Last edited by nsacpi; 07-10-2013 at 04:19 PM.

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    Love Mac, but no. He makes more sense for an AL team with the DH as a fallback option.

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    Yes he should be resigned as long as he takes a discount of some sort. Like 4/44 with a vesting 5th year option based on health and performance. There's a risk with him, but he's been our best player. I'd resign Mac, get Gattis a 3B mitt and get started on winning next year.

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    That's not the right question. First, it's CAN you sign McCann? Can they afford him?

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    It is a complicated question. It could potentially affect our ability to retain other players down the road. Heyward. Justin. Freeman. As we've seen this year, some of these guys are pretty inconsistent and not sure things either. And then there is the Gattis question. What does re-signing McCann mean for him and for the Braves?

    There are no neat and tidy answers. I think re-signing McCann to a reasonable contract increases our options. So I'd do it. And I suspect my definition of reasonable is higher than most around here.

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    I absolutely love McCann. My favorite player but I don't think it would be a wise deal for the Braves to give him big money. I just think a catcher needy team like the Rangers or Yankees are going to pay McCann a boat load of money. And they also have the DH to fall back on as well. If the Braves had the DH it would be a no brainer to keep B-Mac.

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