Do San Francisco Giants have interset in Brian McCann?

Sep 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a home run against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of the St. Louis Cardinals, no team needs less help behind the dish than the San Francisco Giants who have 2012 National League MVP Buster Posey as their backstop.

So showing interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann seems illogical, right? Well, not according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports who suggests that the Giants may have interest in McCann:

A person with Giants connections said that, ultimately, it may depend on how much playing time McCann seeks. He hit 20 home runs with 57 RBI and a .256 batting average this past year, the seventh time in eight seasons he hit 20 home runs.

I’m not really sure where Heyman is going with this. Sure, the Giants may eventually move Posey to first base, but Brandon Belt seems to have that locked down after a fantastic second half. Could the Giants trade Belt for pitching help? Maybe even shift him to the outfield? Sure, but paying McCann and Posey contracts over $100 million (or at least near that in McCann’s case) is extremely unlikely.

Would the Giants have interest if they could somehow get him on an absurdly team-friendly contract? Of course, but that’s not going to happen. Where there is smoke, there is often fire, but this isn’t more than a smoldering cigarette, if that.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, MLB Free Agency, San Francisco Giants

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