Just one week ago, we were bringing you information about the Braves issuing Brian McCann a $14.1 qualifying offer for 2014, but today, we’ve got an update on that prospect from Mark Bowman.
McCann will decline his qualifying offer today. The #Braves will be compensated with a draft pick when he signs with another club.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 11, 2013
To be honest, McCann’s decision to decline the qualifying offer is the definition of a no-brainer. No one (literally) expected him to even entertain a 1-year deal with the potential prospect of a $100+ million mega-contract on the horizon, and Bowman’s report is simply a confirmation of that.
The Braves are smart enough to know that McCann is all but out the door, and the only possibility of him returning in the first place would have been the 29-year-old catcher accepting a significant hometown discount on a multi-year extension. With no sign of that as a likelihood (or even a remote possibility), all signs point toward Frank Wren moving forward with Evan Gattis as the everyday catcher next season, and Gerald Laird (or prospect Christhian Bethancourt) there to provide support.
McCann, who is a graduate of nearby Duluth High School, has been a stalwart in the Atlanta lineup since his call-up in 2005 (with 176 career home runs and an OPS over .800 from the catcher position), but the time is rapidly approaching for acclimation to life without him in a Braves uniform.