MLB Rumors: Can Atlanta Braves Star Brian McCann Demand Yadier Molina Money?

Jul 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) puts drops in his eyes prior to this at bat against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Marlins defeated the Braves 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves have a star catcher in Brian McCann who is just now getting back into the swing of things at full force after coming back from an injury.

McCann’s recent exceptional performances have made some wonder whether or not he could demand money similar to St. Louis Cardinals star at the same position, Yadier Molina.

Here’s David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the matter:

Assuming he stays healthy the rest of the season, I think he’s back to being able to ask for something close to the five-year, $75 million contract that Yadier Molina got a couple of springs ago. But I think it’ll probably be an AL team that’s willing to pay that kind of money, since they’ll be able to use him as a DH some to keep his bat in the lineup without wearing him down as much, and then eventually move him to a primarily DH role, if necessary, after more years of wear and tear from catching.

McCann has looked great as of late and the role as a DH for an American League team makes all too much sense. We are still a long way out from knowing where he will play in the future, assuming he moves at all, but he certainly has a good case for asking to be in the neighborhood of Molina money.

 

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Topics: Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, MLB Rumors, St. Louis Cardinals, Yadier Molina

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