McCann: Could miss 4-5 months for shoulder surgery

Braves catcher Brian McCann struggled mightily with an injured shoulder for the last two months of his career-worst season, and the former six-time All-Star said Saturday that he’ll probably need surgery that could require up to four or five months of recovery.

That could affect his availability for spring training and the start of the 2013 season.

The midseason diagnosis by a Braves specialist was a frayed labrum and cyst in his throwing shoulder, but McCann will have a dye-contrast MRI within a week to determine the full extent of the damage before doctors determine a course of treatment.

“We already basically know what is going to happen, what needs to happen,” McCann said. “I think it’s going to be [a matter of] how long I’m out for. Could be a couple of months, it could be a little more than that. Could be four or five months. We’ll see what happens. We’ll find out. I can’t really say right now, but I’m pretty sure surgery.”

McCann made $11.5 million in the final year of his contract in 2012, and the Braves are expected to exercise a $12 million option for the 2013 season, after which he’d be eligible for free agency. Braves general manager Frank Wren said he and his staff haven’t yet discussed the options on contracts for McCann and pitcher Tim Hudson, but would in the next few weeks before the deadline to pick up those options within three days of the last game of the World Series.

Unlike McCann, Wren is optimistic that the catcher can avoid surgery.

“I think we first have to determine if surgery is necessary — that hasn’t been determined yet,” Wren said.  “I think there will be some testing to determine if surgery is necessary…

“From what we know, it would not be a surgical repair. But during the season we can’t do the MRI with injection because you’re down too long. So once he has the MRI and we know totally and get the medical report — but from what we know now, the prescribed treatment is rest.”

McCann hit .230 with 20 homers, 67 RBIs and a .300 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage in a career-low 121 games, and backup David Ross had an increased role in the last months of the season while McCann dealt with the shoulder injury – he got two cortisone shots, which provided only temporary relief – and knee tendinitis.

An MRI of the knee was “clean” and showed no ligament damage, Wren said.

“You get raging tendinitis in a joint, it can be very painful,” he said. “So he was battling that and he was battling the shoulder. And unfortunately with the shoulder, the only thing that can help it is rest. And during the course of the season, you’re never going to get enough rest to get it turned around. We may find out with the MRI with contrast that there’s more going on in there.”

McCann struggled with his swing for much of the first three months of the season, a carry-over from the 2011 season when he came back too soon from an oblique strain and fell into bad habits while trying to protect his side in the last two months of the season. Once he got back in a groove this season, hitting .308 with nine homers in an 18-game stretch in July, the shoulder injury cropped up and began “biting” him when he extended on some swings.

McCann hit .201 with two homers, 11 RBIs and 29 strikeouts in 134 at-bats over his final 39 games. He could have shut it down when the shoulder pain persisted instead of taking two cortisone injections and possibly risking further injury, but McCann said that wasn’t even something he considered.

“I’ve got 24 teammates that show up here every single day,” he said. “I’ve been battling with them since February and I wanted to see this thing to the end. Whether that puts me behind a little bit, it was something I was willing to do.”

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DHD

October 6th, 2012
7:09 pm

His best days are behind him, unfortunately.

rbg420

October 6th, 2012
7:13 pm

so we are going to pay 26 million of our 90 million on mc cann and uggla who combined to hit .225 with 40 hrs between them?

welcome back to 1988

Ken Stallings

October 6th, 2012
7:23 pm

Sadly, the Braves need to make a financial consideration with Brian McCann and save $13 million in club option on him. McCann gave us a number of excellent years, but playing catcher is the most debilitating position on the team and McCann is clearly feeling the cumulative effects and I think he will not recover to his previous performance levels.

Time to bring up Boscan and then use that $13 million to help either resign Bourn or perhaps even score a coup and lay $18 million a year on the table hoping to entice North Carolina native, Josh Hamilton, to don the red tomahawk!

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 6th, 2012
8:07 pm

Boscan? He is where he is for a reason… the man can’t hit, and that’s not going to change. Bethancourt still needs some more time, but I really don’t see any reason why we can’t promote Gattis to the big club. He’s not getting any younger, and he’s proven himself to be a formidable presence at the dish. Is he going to put up numbers like McCann did in the past? Probably not, but he would sure as h$ll be better than Boscan.

And why is everyone going on about Hamilton? We already have a streaky hitter in Uggla, and now we’re going to add a LEFT-HANDED version of him? The Braves need a right-handed or switch hitting bat that drives in runs CONSISTENTLY.

VP

October 6th, 2012
8:07 pm

Wow some of you want to replace McCann with JC freaking Boscan?

Miami Dave

October 6th, 2012
9:01 pm

Don’t forget Ross is a free agent too… May need to speed up calendar on Bethancourt…

Ken Stallings

October 6th, 2012
9:26 pm

You give up the production at the plate that the ideal Brian McCann provided and make it up by using that $13 million on signing a free agent to replace that offensive produciton. I’d love to just sign David Ross and start him, but he cannot hold up starting 100 games plus either.

Wendell miller

October 6th, 2012
9:38 pm

I think we sometime underestimate the effect of an injury such as the one McCann is fighting. If he gets it fixed he may be the comeback player of the year. Let’s remember that J.C. Boscan is not the answer. Bethancourt was injured the last portion of this year and was not tearing up Double A before that. Also, Rossy is a free agent, but also mid 30’s. Take a look around major league rosters and see how many catchers hit 20 home runs and drove in the amount of runs McCann did. Not many, folks. One last thing, McCann is a leader on this club and with Chipper now gone, we need McCann to fill that void. I for one am willing to pick up his option, get him well and give him a chance to bounce back. Let’s don’t write him off.

Bob the Blogger

October 6th, 2012
9:47 pm

McCann had a rough season, no doubt, but it was because of injuries. With a repaired shoulder, he should be able to put up some solid numbers next year. If Mac returns to form, he can be signed for a few more years, if not, his price goes way down for 2014.

Playoffs!!!

October 6th, 2012
9:53 pm

That’s weird—-McCann says he probably needs surgerty could miss 2-5 monts. Yet Wren says from what we know, he probably doesn’t need surgery, just rest..
Why are we hearing two different things about the same injury?

G

October 6th, 2012
10:31 pm

Why on earth would you exercise his option? Trade him… He has unproductive for 2 years.

Yes Way Josè

October 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

Remember when this fanbase was ready to throw Jason away after an injured shoulder ruined his sophomore season? See how well he bounced back this season? I’d give McCann a shot next year. It’s not like there are better options within the system or on the market. If he continues to struggle next season when healed and healthy, then let him go. I’m disappointed that this team and its trainers didn’t learn anything from last year about allowing and encouraging a player to play through a shoulder injury. Give McCann a chance. He’s earned it.

Yes Way Josè

October 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

Remember when this fanbase was ready to throw Jason away after an injured shoulder ruined his sophomore season? See how well he bounced back this season? I’d give McCann a shot next year. It’s not like there are better options within the system or on the market. If he continues to struggle next season when healed and healthy, then let him go. I’m disappointed that this team and its trainers didn’t learn anything from last year about allowing and encouraging a player to play through a shoulder injury. Give McCann a chance. He’s earned it.

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 6th, 2012
10:59 pm

@Ken Stallings: I would prefer Ross as well, but you’re right, the guy can’t handle a starting role. Again, I think Gattis would be a reasonable choice, in that he can provide the Braves lineup with a little bit of right-handed pop. Of course, he’s not the most polished player defensively, but he couldn’t be any worse than McCann. I mean, at least Gattis can play a few different positions. I’m not saying that Gattis should be our permanent solution, but at least until Bethancourt is ready.

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 6th, 2012
11:07 pm

@Yes Way Josè: Uh, if McCann continues to hit .230 for the entire year, there’s definitely better options within our system than him. I would rather have Yepez up here if McCann continues to flail wildly at cutters that are running in on him.

Yes Way Josè

October 6th, 2012
11:34 pm

If there were better options why weren’t they with the team this year?

bring back blauser

October 6th, 2012
11:43 pm

move him to third base, and keep ross behind the plate

klaus

October 7th, 2012
12:23 am

Get him fixed and trade him. Time for a defensive oriented catcher and offensive power moved to the OF and or 3B where is belongs.

The Braves cannot afford a 15mm a year catcher. Mac will get at least that much in FA and probably 17mm a year from an AL team who will use him at DH as well.

klaus

October 7th, 2012
12:23 am

Get him fixed and trade him. Time for a defensive oriented catcher and offensive power moved to the OF and or 3B where is belongs.

The Braves cannot afford a 15mm a year catcher. Mac will get at least that much in FA and probably 17mm a year from an AL team who will use him at DH as well.

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 7th, 2012
1:28 am

@bring back blauser: McCann at the hot corner? :D

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 7th, 2012
1:30 am

@Yes Way Josè: Because management is extremely stubborn.

Nevada Roy

October 7th, 2012
1:34 am

“lay $18 million a year on the table hoping to entice North Carolina native, Josh Hamilton, to don the red tomahawk!” More like $25 million?

Jim Edwards

October 7th, 2012
2:50 am

Wren sounds like he is shopping McCann for a trade. I think the most reasonable approach would be to offer a 3-4 year deal at around 8 mil per year. This would save us some money next year and hopefully provide an above average catcher for that period of time. Stay away from Hamilton. He’s strain wreck eating to happen. Don’t we have a slew of players that are either free agency eligible or arbitration eligible. Bourne will never be cheaper than right now due to a horrible second half and a extremely high strikeout total for a lead off guy. Buddy seems like a no brainier for picking up his option. He won 16 games and missed a month! It would make god sense to try and lock up some of the younger guys before they get too expensive. This would also make us more attractive to potential free agents that would consider coming here. I think all that makes good sense and what a prudent owner would try to do. But I know we are owned by liberty,Inc. so it’s all probably not in their business plan. I really miss Ted Turner.

John w

October 7th, 2012
5:07 am

Put some young pitching in a package and go get David Wright. Right handed bat,power and average. The Mets are rebuilding. He is a perfect fit batting between Hayward and Freeman! We’re stuck with Uggla so forget that. Bourne is gone also. Lot of work to do Frank so get busy.

Gary O

October 7th, 2012
6:45 am

So Last season, BMac got injured, and struggled after the allstar break. This season, BMac got injured, and struggled for most of the year. And he plays a very demanding position of catcher, and may need surgery and who knows how mny months to recover.

Meanwhile,Braves have to decide within 3 days after WS ends. Why is it expected that the Braves will pick up his $13 mil option? Dude is coming off 2 bad/injured years in a row. That’s a big risk to take for $13 mil.

Chas

October 7th, 2012
7:25 am

If you check McCann’s numbers, he has been horrible since late July 2011. I don’t know if he’s worth keeping, for the money he’ll cost. I hope that the Braves don’t re-sign Bourne. A .225 second half, a ton of strike outs (none bigger than the bases loaded, 8h inning) is not worth a big contract BUT Wren signed Derek Lowe, and WORTHLESS DAN Uggla, so there you go. I’d guess the Braves will remain stuck with WORTHLESS / CHOKE JOB Dan Uggla. Also, I’d guess Peanut Brain Fredi G. will remain. (Safety squeeze, with the pitcher on deck, and one out? Typical, Brain Dead Fredi.) Baker, Overbay, and Reed Johnson should go, along with Hinske. I sure would be nice to have one hitter who is clutch. We have a team of uys who do little else but choke at the plate. Sad-assed bunch.

Jay Dawg

October 7th, 2012
8:44 am

McCann at DH for AL team. David Wright at 3rd for Braves. Spend the money on Bourn. No good options at catcher long term unless we can package McCann and get a catcher and LF. Highly unlikely though. Not sure about Hamilton. Tremendous talent but would not want to see long term max contract.

Fastball

October 7th, 2012
11:27 am

DO NOT SIGN BOURN. DO NOT!

Bro

October 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

The question here is why did the Braves continue to play an injured man when it only hurt the team? Seems that the players are making the decision as to whether or not they are healthy enough to play and not the team. This attitude by management has hurt the Braves for the past two years. Well, “stupid is as stupid does”. If you can not swing the bat or make the throws, them go on the DL and get healthy. B-Mac would be ready for spring training if this had already been handled. Get in the game Braves.

Deputy Dawg

October 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

Chas, Man have you nailed the situation. I can think of only two current starting position players that I would keep for next year. Fredi Freeman and Jason Heyward. The rest of these clowns including Fredi Gonzales belong with the original clown master CMR. and his group of clowns at Ringling Bros. circus. Everyone knows that when you make it to the playoffs you start your most experienced pitcher, a person who has developed coping skills from past experiences. This game was most likely thrown to the Cards, if it looks like turd, and smells like a turd, then it must be a turd, thanks MLB, i won’t watch anymore of your tripe,

Mister Frisky

October 7th, 2012
12:49 pm

Take 4 or 5 years.

Not Understanding

October 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

“Nevada Roy

October 7th, 2012
1:34 am

“lay $18 million a year on the table hoping to entice North Carolina native, Josh Hamilton, to don the red tomahawk!” More like $25 million?”

The guy has injury issues and whether he means to or not…………..drama seems to follow him. The Braves have enough issues without adding the “interesting” factor to the team.

Dan_in_NC

October 7th, 2012
1:05 pm

Not sure what we need to do with Mac at this time but the difference of opinion between him and Frank Wren would concern me.

jim

October 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

The Mets have Niese, Harvey, Gee retruning, and Wheeler waiting in the wings plus likely to resign Dickey. Starting pitching is not their priority and bullpen arms can be had more cheaply than David Wright. The Mets will need position players if they decide to trade Wright and Uggla and McCann are not likely to be very high on their wish list. If secured in a trade, Wright would still have to be signed long-term. He will most likely be a Met for the forseeable future. He is the identity of their franchise and a player they cannot afford to let go.

David O'Brien

October 7th, 2012
1:07 pm

Chas, Man have you nailed the situation. I can think of only two current starting position players that I would keep for next year. Fredi Freeman and Jason Heyward. The rest of these clowns including Fredi Gonzales belong with the original clown master CMR — Deputy Dawg

Let me get this straight: You watch Braves baseball games, and you wouldn’t keep Martin Prado?

Unless that was just a inadvertent mistake of an omission on your part, it says all I need to know about your talent evaluation.

jim

October 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Deputy Dawg
The Cardinals scored 1 merited run in that game 2 runs were called earned but none would have scored in the fourth inning if Chipper makes a decent throw to 2nd. Medlen is the ace of the staff, has been the NL pitcher of the month for the past two months and has about a 1.00 ERA as a starter. During his time in the game, he gave up 3 hits, no walks, and a two-out HBP. We did not lose that game because of the pitching. If you want to complain abouit the manager, then focus on the safety squeeze because his calls to start Medlen and Ross were spot on.

Alaska Braves Fan

October 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

After watching Brian McCann’s struggles this season, I’m inclined to believe the player is correct: He’ll have to have surgery. Usually, shoulder surgery is rough. It makes knee surgery look like a walk in the park. It’s painful, and the rehab is long and difficult. And, very often, the long-term outcome isn’t a fully recovered shoulder. I have serious doubts that McCann ever can return to full effectiveness. That’s tragic for several reasons. Two of the reasons are that he has been a superb offensive catcher, and that he is a great guy who helps a team come together.

ABF

jim

October 7th, 2012
1:29 pm

Right on DOB, Prado and Simmons along with Heyward and Freeman are keepers and Ross is needed as a backup catcher next year more urgently than ever. Isn’t Napoli a free agent this winter? I’m not sure that a platoon of Bethancourt or Gattis and Ross is a viable option for 2013. McCann will not command anything close to 17 million dollars in 2014, but evenj a multiyear contract in the 10 million per year range would be too big a gamble on a player with declining productivity and increasing physical concerns.

I was surprised that Gattis was not on the AFL roster this fall. Given his time missed due to injury and his age it would seem that additional playing time was necessary. Will he be playing winter ball someplace else this year?

John A.

October 7th, 2012
1:32 pm

If it was determined several months back that McCann needed shoulder surgery, why wasn’t he put on the DL, and surgery done then? The management of this team is truly amazing. If they had brains they would take them out and play with them. I will state again….Frank is not the great mind he preents himelf to be, and Fredi is his brighest star followed by Mr. Lowe and Me Uggla. Does anyone other than me get the message?

BillEGoat

October 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

The Braves should have obtained a journeyman ML catcher at the trading deadline and gone with Ross and that guy, rather than have McCann at 20% capability. They should have found out what was wrong with McCann and gotten on the road to having it fixed so he could be a full-strength for 2013. Truthfully, he did not help the team for the last 2 months and actually HURT the team. I figure the shoulder can be fixed, but his vision has never been the same since the Lasik surgery that did not go well (happens in about 3% bof those surgeries). McCann may never be the player he was, but he CAN be quite productive if reasonably healthy. However, Wren should be looking for a catcher the winter just in case, Ross at 36 can’t be a regular, and Boscan doesn’t even hit .200 in the minors. Betancourt will not be ready next season, so get another mid-level guy.

BillEGoat

October 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

The Braves should have obtained a journeyman ML catcher at the trading deadline and gone with Ross and that guy, rather than have McCann at 20% capability. They should have found out what was wrong with McCann and gotten on the road to having it fixed so he could be a full-strength for 2013. Truthfully, he did not help the team for the last 2 months and actually HURT the team. I figure the shoulder can be fixed, but his vision has never been the same since the Lasik surgery that did not go well (happens in about 3% bof those surgeries). McCann may never be the player he was, but he CAN be quite productive if reasonably healthy. However, Wren should be looking for a catcher the winter just in case, Ross at 36 can’t be a regular, and Boscan doesn’t even hit .200 in the minors. Betancourt will not be ready next season, so get another mid-level guy.

David O'Brien

October 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Jim: Exactly. I didn’t even mention Simmons, who would be a keeper with every team in the majors, even those with All-Star shortstops (they’d find a way to make it work).

Slammin' Helmets, and Breakin' Bats!

October 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Well, DOB, it would have been nice if the Braves had found a way to make it work with Elvis Andrus. We could have moved him to 3B, and then had Simmons at SS. Anybody know Andrus’ current contract situation? With Profar being thought so highly of in Texas, maybe they would be willing to give up Andrus.

Choppinmama

October 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Surgery or not for BMac, just don’t wait until Jan/Feb to decide on surgery, then have him on the DL way into the ‘13 season. Take the experts’ word on whether rest would cure him. If not, cut away and rehab to be ready.

Choppinmama

October 7th, 2012
4:10 pm

Deputy Dog; yeah, just get rid of most of the team and go cherry-pick the best and brightest out there in your available Playerland. It’s just so easy to put a team together these days even a canine law enforcement guy could do it. Grow up and get real.

JNick

October 7th, 2012
5:20 pm

Offer Bourn 10 mil a year, if he doesn’t take it – let him walk. He’s not worth more than that. McCann’s option needs to be declined. No reason to pay $13 mil for a zero defense catcher who can’t hit, when we could pick anyone from the heap, or from the minors, to not hit and play better defense, for a lot less. Watch, McCann will delay surgery until February and miss most of the year…good riddance.

Delbert D.

October 7th, 2012
5:24 pm

There are some unrealistic expectations about McCann’s trade value, even to an AL team, with this injury.

Billy

October 7th, 2012
6:49 pm

Braves can buy out Mac’s option for half a million..do it are trade him.
Hudson’s buy out is 1 million..he’s a keeper!

old fart

October 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

all teams need three catchers on their rosters. it is inhumane what starting catchers have to endure during a 162 game schedule.

trophymom

October 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

Gattis is in Venezuela.

DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions!

October 7th, 2012
9:11 pm

Folks…this is what I don’t get. Folks, DOB IS TOUGHER on the people that post than he is as a reporter towards the Braves. Wow, folks! Folks,, do you see how DOB goes head on and asks the tough questions here but when it comes to the team, he might as well wear a dress? No Tip of the Cap EVER for the Kool Aid Man DOB!

Ted Turner

October 7th, 2012
9:46 pm

McCann has been aging in dog years the past 3 seasons.

Time to cut bait. No way I pay $12M for a player to ride pine.

David O'Brien

October 8th, 2012
12:14 am

Folks…this is what I don’t get. Folks, DOB IS TOUGHER on the people that post than he is as a reporter towards the Braves. Wow, folks! Folks, do you see how DOB goes head on and asks the tough questions here but when it comes to the team, he might as well wear a dress? — DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions

Folks, yeah, wow, do you see it? Folks, do you folks see it. I do. Wow, folks!

David O'Brien

October 8th, 2012
12:14 am

Folks…this is what I don’t get. Folks, DOB IS TOUGHER on the people that post than he is as a reporter towards the Braves. Wow, folks! Folks, do you see how DOB goes head on and asks the tough questions here but when it comes to the team, he might as well wear a dress? — DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions

Folks, yeah, wow, do you see it? Folks, do you folks see it. I do. Wow, folks.

SC Brave

October 8th, 2012
12:36 am

DOB. I read an article Saturday that the Braves have lost 16 of the last 21 home games and are 0-7 (not including the 1 gamer) in playoff series. What needs to be done to teach them how to win. They don’t seem to have the mentality for it. I personally feel it is the same thing we have seen since the early 90s when the run started. David Justice fired everyone up and they finally won a WS and he was promptly shipped off.

KnoxvillePaul

October 8th, 2012
1:23 am

DOB–Thanks for a great season of Braves coverage! One question: Do you think Bethancourt could be ready at any point next season (Simmons-esque)?

jj

October 8th, 2012
3:16 am

I don’t understand why people say Betancort is not ready.These same people said the same about our SS this year and when Mac and Frenchie came up.Hey let Cort play winter ball and I believe that he is ready on D already and guys usually hit better in minors.I say resign Ross and let him mentor Cort and with our staff I believe he will do fine.I also hopeJaun plays Winter ball and gets a legit chance at 3rd.I believe with Freeman,Heyward,our SS,catcher and Francisco we have the foundation for a great future.I love Mac,but his numbers over last 3 years don’t add up to 12 or 13 million.Just like Andruw,Justice,Maddog,Glav,Grissom,Murph,and The Great Mr Aaron there comes a time when it is time to move on.GO BRAVES

John Adcox

October 8th, 2012
8:38 am

Frankly, I am mystified by the desire to cut McCann lose now. Just mystified.

The Braves are already in the position of having to replace Chipper’s production, Bourn’s production (perhaps with Bourn), and Uggla’s expected production (perhaps with a rejuvenated Uggla).

You’d like to add uncertainly to the catcher position as well? I am as excited about Freeman, Heyward, Prado, and Simmons. The options in the rotation are certainly enough to make me buy my usual 20 to 30 tickets a year.

McCann now … even if surgery and/or rest doesn’t return him to his expected production … he’s the leader now. he’s the vet, the captain, even if its unofficial. Like it or not, he’s needed, at least for another year. At least.

From a business standpoint, he’s now the face of the team. He’s the one who’ll be quotes on ESPN. He’s the one that families from Mississippi and Alabama will drive to Atlanta (with their tourist dollars) to see. And frankly, i’m likely to buy another ticket or two to see him myself.

John

Don

October 8th, 2012
9:17 am

This is absurd. What possible justification is there for using the 13 million dollar option for McCann when he has both sholder and vision problems – and there is no assurance that either of these will be rectified. And of course, he has never been great defensively.
And they are already stuck with the long term contract on Uggla.
This is absolutely a no brain decision.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 8th, 2012
9:21 am

Free agent catcher – Mike Napoli – R. H. bat with power – Trade McCann & Hanson
Sign free agent outfielder/1st baseman – Nick Swisher – Power and RBI capability.

Don

October 8th, 2012
9:26 am

A good measure on whether the Braves should used the option on McCann:
Do you seriously think that if he were a free agent – ;that any other team would offer him 13 million to signe – or even 10 million – what about 5 million.
With both sholder and vision problems, it is absolutley unbelievable that they would even consider using this option.

Don

October 8th, 2012
9:26 am

A good measure on whether the Braves should used the option on McCann:
Do you seriously think that if he were a free agent – ;that any other team would offer him 13 million to signe – or even 10 million – what about 5 million.
With both sholder and vision problems, it is absolutley unbelievable that they would even consider using this option.

Better Decision

October 8th, 2012
9:46 am

McFann should give a hometown discount signing that would give him a $6 Million base salary and incentives based clause to justify his worth.

Better Decision

October 8th, 2012
9:46 am

McFann should give a hometown discount signing that would give him a $6 Million base salary and incentives based clause to justify his worth.

David O'Brien

October 8th, 2012
10:34 am

DOB–Thanks for a great season of Braves coverage! One question: Do you think Bethancourt could be ready at any point next season (Simmons-esque) — KnoxvillePaul

At some point in the season, yes. His development was slowed last year by injuries, and he was the youngest player in his league. So it’s tough to get a gauge on how soon he’ll take big step offensively at higher-level minor league pitching. Defensively, he’d already be one of the better catchers in the NL, at least in the catch-and-throw part of it. And game-calling is coming steadily.

ALJ

October 8th, 2012
11:17 am

Bring back McCann for one more year, but not at 13 million. Bring hom back for about 5 million, plus inventives. The next year, bring up Bethancourt.

RJB in DC

October 8th, 2012
11:57 am

Given the potential severity of McCann’s injury, a pragmatic approach may be required for the catcher’s position. First, sign David Ross for two or three years. I believe that he is a good value at up to 4 million a year. Once the Braves have Ross locked up, I would see about resigning McCann for three years at 10 million a year. He is the public face of the franchise for the moment, and if he comes back to even close to his usual production, it would well be worth it. If not, we have Ross on board to provide a very solid backup and mentor to Bethancourt.

I am sure that some of the stat’s driven crowd may not agree, but aside from public relations, the Braves have a very young pitching staff that they will be relying on over the next several years. Ross and McCann have shown the ability to successfully handle and develop these young pitchers (Mike Minor’s evolution into a quality left-handed pitcher this year is a prime example).

K Conway

October 8th, 2012
12:49 pm

Time to cut him loose! Free up somee money!!

Devin Earnest

October 8th, 2012
12:51 pm

McCann needs to stay

Vend

October 8th, 2012
1:14 pm

There is no bringing Mac back for $5 million. It’s either cut him and give him a million, making him a free agent, or exercise the option in his contract (before two weeks after the World Series) for $13 million making him a Brave in 2013 and a free agent in 2014.

[...] David O’Brien reports that McCann was diagnosed midseason with a frayed labrum and cyst in his throwing shoulder, that was mostly in need of rest, not the knife. But he McCann tells him the he will have an MRI within a week to determine the full extent of the damage. McCann is thinking surgery, it it could lead to a long rehab: “We already basically know what is going to happen, what needs to happen,” McCann said. “I think it’s going to be [a matter of] how long I’m out for. Could be a couple of months, it could be a little more than that. Could be four or five months. We’ll see what happens. We’ll find out. I can’t really say right now, but I’m pretty sure surgery.” [...]

JoeFan

October 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

Wren is just wishing rest will fix McCann’s injury . If McCann turly has a torn labrum, then the only complete fix is surgery. He might as well get the surgery asap. Maybe then he will be ready by late April. If and that’s a huge it, he could return to his previous offensive form, then its worth picking up his option but what a huge gamble the Braves are taking with $13 million, that could be spent on shoring up lf, cf, or 3b depending on which way Wren moves. Of course that means going with some combination of Ross, Bethancourt, Gattis or fill the blank at catcher.

chc4

October 8th, 2012
2:59 pm

Braves must decline the option. A declining, aging catcher heading for major shoulder surgery? Sure it creates another hole in the lineup but spending $12mm on him is clearly not the right decision.

Dick Dodge

October 8th, 2012
4:26 pm

Trade McCann to a team like Boston or the Yankees. He can DH on days he cant catch. Spending $12 mil on him (he was our #7 hitter for most of the 2nd half) is not a wise financial decision.

Emotional attachments aside…if you call yourself a true Braves fan, then you need to be mentally tough enough to put your desire to see the Braves to win…OVER….your sentimental need to see Brian McCann given another chance.

Dick Dodge

October 8th, 2012
4:27 pm

..Trade McCann to a team like Boston or the Yankees. He can DH on days he cant catch. Spending $12 mil on him (he was our #7 hitter for most of the 2nd half) is not a wise financial decision.

Emotional attachments aside…if you call yourself a true Braves fan, then you need to be mentally tough enough to put your desire to see the Braves to win…OVER….your sentimental need to see Brian McCann given another chance.

Ralph

October 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

Playoffs!!!

October 6th, 2012
9:53 pm

That’s weird—-McCann says he probably needs surgerty could miss 2-5 monts. Yet Wren says from what we know, he probably doesn’t need surgery, just rest..
Why are we hearing two different things about the same injury?
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I’m not sure what B/Macs contract status would be if he elected to have surgery but he would mis 3-5 months next season so I assume the braves would have to pay him although insurance would probably pay most of it. However, Wren is hoping he doesn’t have to have surgery, that way the Braves would be free to either pick up the option or buy out his contract saving millions of dollars.

DOB – Could you shed some light on how surgery would affect B/Macs contract options???

Vend

October 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

McCann won’t be complicated. Either the Braves come up with $13M by 2 weeks after the WS or let him go for $.5M. Surgury, rest, a combination, Ross, Betencoourt are all just going to sit back and watch. I
‘d say by 10/31 Brian McCann will not be a Brave.

Dick Dodge

October 8th, 2012
9:40 pm

McCann being injured would have no bearing on the Braves obligations concerning picking up the team option. If the Braves decline the option…they arent on the hook for the 2013 $12 mil option.

In fact, if McCann does elect to have surgery…it would give Braves management the “out” they need to muster up the courage to make the right decision (decline his option).

Or, it would maybe force them to do the smart thing and trade him to an American League team (who can DH him without subjecting him to the wear and tear that the catching position has put on him).

If he has the surgery..and the Braves pick up his $12 mil option….it would signal that the Braves are going to be forced to sign him to a long term contract…which would be disastrous because I think it would be highly foolish to pay him $15 mil a year a player who is at risk of becoming a 110-120 game a year player. We just got done paying Chipper Jones that kind of money to miss an average of 40-50 games a year over the past 3 years.

Dick Dodge

October 8th, 2012
11:53 pm

JoeBrave, Pastornicky is a joke, totally agree with you. I knew before Spring Training that dude would be a bust. He’s Rafael Belliard…..without the defense!

DOB sure touted Pastornicky, up until the time he was sent down. Just go back and look at the blogs,. Many on here got drunk on the kool-aid.

Denny Lemaster

October 9th, 2012
7:43 am

THERE IS NO WAY, NO WAY you toss Josh Hamilton $18 million for three or four years. This guy has more baggage than any player in the league. He fell off huge at the end of the year. At one point the guy was hitting .365, with big HR and RBI numbers. His average fell off huge and he has WAY TOO MANY ISSUES. His personal problems are not worth the risks of this kind of money. I have heard several of the baseball people on ESPN talk about him and all say he is a big risk. They don’t even believe Texas is going to offer him more than a token contract. Certainly not EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLARS per year. Get a grip dude and learn something about the game. Good grief. This is what got this stupid team in these problems to begin with. Huge dollars to non-productive players and it costs them the ability to make any moves FOR YEARS. I posted here in the beginning that Lowe was a massive mistake. He was. I was not thrilled with giving Ugly a massive contract. He is just too inconsistent. He proved me correct. I did not like the idea of getting the guy the Yankess outbid the Braves for that wound up with the Pirates this year, which was the best of the four or five years, and even in the end he failed badly. Dang, I cannot pull his name out right now, but you know who I am speaking of. Burnette. That’s him. Another one the Braves chased and at least did not get hung with a massive contract. Wren HAS to make better decisions. Simple as that!

Boo Boo

October 9th, 2012
11:10 am

How many games did Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, or Johnny Bench miss from tearing a labrum muscle trying to throw out a runner at second base? I think the answer is “none.” Why do fans think skrawny kids suddenly turn into beefy bald home run hitters? Because they work out with weights and drink protein powder from the health food store? If that was all it took to make $100 million, every father in America would be lined up out the door buying that protein powder. Me thinks it is more … a Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Jordan Schafer, and Melky Cabrera kind of more. Poor Brian McCant. If he never plays another game of baseball because his muscles have begun the breakdown process, he will always be able to say, “I sold it all for $100 million.” Not many other Americans can make that claim. Boycott professional sports and its “Sideshow Bob” (NCAA Division I athletics) until the cheaters get the message … NO MORE! Players like Brian will end up committing suicide.

SMOLTZ 29

October 9th, 2012
3:34 pm

Bourn cannot be back next year at big money! 155 k’s is totally unacceptable for a leadoff hitter. He’s Drew Stubbs from the left side. Victorino would be perfect on a 1 year deal with incentives. MERCY

Preston Thompson

October 10th, 2012
11:43 am

As just an old man and a Braves fan, I see only 8 of 9 on this team I would have back. Yes Prado is one, but so in Medlin, Beachy, that closer from Alabama we seem to forget about, and Bourn. But is he turns out to be after a super large contract then he’s off the list. I would like to see Constanza and Ross stay also. There are few players faster than Constanza and that matters.

With lard ass McCain, I hate the hear he might undergo surgery. That is not wished on anyone. It ain’t a fun time for sure. But if that’s what it takes to keep him off the field then some pain has to be endured. Ross is so much more the catcher and his throws to second is like a lazer on a rail. Then that Bettencourt is supposed to be pretty good. A good Ross backup.

But the worst thing I’ve read is Wren saying “we’re really pretty set”. My that the same thing he said last year. But the one positive I’ve seen from the past year is the fire somebody lit under Heywood ass. He stopped that loggygagging down the first base line and really started hustling. That looked good and even helped his batting average.

So next year is coming, but if the team is pretty set, we need to start praying now and ask for comfort for next year.

sldkfjslk

October 10th, 2012
1:35 pm

Clone Prado and play him at all 9 spots.

sldkfjslk

October 10th, 2012
1:35 pm

Clone Prado and play him at all 9 spots.

JNick

October 10th, 2012
5:20 pm

I’m still laughing at the comparison of Heyward and his shoulder injury to McCann and his shoulder injury….

When McCann turns himself into the physical fitness specimen that Heyward is, then you can compare the two….

KC

October 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

Boo Boo you’re an idiot. If Mccann had been on the juice he would’nt be so overweight! How do you think Melky trimmed down so fast while bulking up? It wasn’t Hydroxycut he was taking.

Brian’s body is breaking down because of the toll playing catcher at the professional level brings. Also if he could lose weight, get on a better diet/conditioning program that could go a long ways.

Wes Jorga

October 11th, 2012
2:07 pm

Amber

October 12th, 2012
12:00 pm

Is anyone wanting Napoli actually looking at the numbers? Replace a .230/20 hr player with a .227/24 guy. Really?

Bob Davis

October 12th, 2012
5:18 pm

I sincerely wish that some of you guys who keeping saying, “I miss Ted Turner” would shut the f*%! up! You don’t miss Turner–you miss his money.

MikeY

October 15th, 2012
8:07 am

OK, it has been 9 days since this article, which stated: “McCann will have a dye-contrast MRI within a week to determine the full extent of the damage before doctors determine a course of treatment.”

I would think the results of this MRI would have some impact on the Braves’ decision on McCann’s option. So, any news on the test yet??

wet rag

October 15th, 2012
2:52 pm

OK, here is my opinion. playing catcher is tough, the wear and tear on the players are evident. the one main difference that i see is playing time. Freddie G really wore the starting infielders out in his 2 years at the helm. Bobby would give McCann and the other aging players a rest every few days. not the last 2 years with McCann. Freddie kept running him out there day after day after day. the stats don’t lie.
take a look at games started in 2010 by McCann and David Ross and then look at 2011 and 2012. McCann is wore out. Freddie did not do a good job of protecting his players for the long haul. truth be told, Chipper would not have made his salary anywhere else but ATL this past season based on production/games started.
baseball in during the summer in the south is TOUGH… especially on catchers. the orgainization needs to be a better job of protecting the players. either get younger players or better bench players so you dont burn through your staff.
dont even get me started on the bullpen over use in 2011. it got better in 2012, but he over uses his players. thats why we’re flat in OCT…

LJ

October 16th, 2012
5:51 am

I can’t understand why a lot of you would put out a lot of money for Bourne.The Braves need a leadoff hitter who can get on base. You don’t get on base striking out.

Train Wreck Bystander

October 17th, 2012
1:13 am

Pick up the option. If all seems well next summer, work out an extension that avoids free agency.

Dav

October 17th, 2012
1:52 am

We would have to give McCann $12m to keep him next year to even have the option to trade him. If he’s not healthy no one wants to trade for him. So its 50-50 we pick up the $12m. Hudson’s option is $9M next year and my guess the Braves keep him another year at least. Bourn, you make a offer of 4 yrs at 45M and he does’t want to stay let him go. Pagan of SanFran would be a nice replacement for less. We need a left fielder with pop, center fielder and now another catcher. SPEND WIZE !!!

old scout

October 17th, 2012
8:49 am

Shouldn’t be all that much concern whether he comes back or not. His decline as a player started before this year, and to attribute last year’s poor results to coming back too soon from an “oblique” strain is really reaching for an excuse. Also, to lay this year’s results totally on the shoulder is to deny reality. What is there about a sore shoulder that causes a guy to try and pull outside pitches and make weak outs, or strike out on every curve ball low and away? Also, his shoulder didn’t make him a bad defensive catcher or the slowest runner in MLB. I think they should offer him about half of the $12 million option since when he comes back he may just be platooning with Ross.

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October 5th, 2013
8:10 am

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