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

Atlanta Braves to give Brian McCann a qualifying offer

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The Atlanta Braves would prefer that Brian McCann stay with the organization this Winter, but they know he’s set to cash in given the iffy free agent market.

Not wanting to lose him without compensation, the Braves are planning to give McCann a qualifying offer which will net them a compensatory draft pick if McCann was to sign elsewhere this offseason:

To no one’s surprise, #Braves plan to give Brian McCann a qualifying offer. He’s also almost certain to decline.

The qualifying offer will likely push a team or two away in free agency who doesn’t want to part with a draft pick in addition to a potential $100 million dollar contract, which is what one unnamed GM said he expected the Braves’ backstop to receive.

It also gives McCann and the Braves the option to play out a one year deal if McCann can’t find a suitable offer on free agency and the Braves can’t come to an agreement on a long term deal with their longtime catcher.

That said – McCann is not expected to accept the offer.

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