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.