Jul 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Brian McCann declines Atlanta Braves qualifying offer

The Atlanta Braves might have been hopeful that catcher Brian McCann would have accepted their one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer but that won’t be the case as the veteran backstop declined the contract offer this morning.

McCann will decline his qualifying offer today. The #Braves will be compensated with a draft pick when he signs with another club.

While it doesn’t officially end his time as a member of the Atlanta Braves, McCann is not expected to re-sign.

The former All-Star is seeking a contract worth $100 million dollars and has no shortage of suitors, especially teams who are known for their deep pockets like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

Potentially moving out of the National League would also allow McCann to split time behind the dish and at designated hitter, a position he can switch to towards the back end of his deal. That may add into the bidding process as American League teams may be willing to pay a bit more knowing they can put the offensively talented McCann at the DH spot in the final year or two of his contract.

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