Brian McCann took a step back in 2012. He was once the future of the Atlanta Braves organization. McCann will be entering the final year of his contract, a seven-year, $41.3 million deal he signed in 2007. If the Braves are going to bring him back for 2014, they will have to hammer out a deal after the 2013 season is over.
McCann, who battled through injuries in 2012 and played in the fewest games of his career since he became a full-time Major Leaguer, will play out the 2013 season and can become a free agent in 2014. According to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio, the Braves will wait until after the season is over to discuss a possible contract extension.
in regards to Brian McCann and contract talks "we've spoken and both sides have decided to wait until the end of the year" to talk further
— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) January 6, 2013
The plan is likely to see how McCann performs this upcoming season. He played in just 121 games in 2012 and hit .230/.300/.399. His .698 OPS was almost 100 points lower than any other OPS he has had since becoming a regular player in 2007.
McCann suffered a frayed labrum and a cyst in his shoulder this past season. He underwent surgery in mid-October. The surgery was successful and he is expected to be ready for spring training. However, the injury concerns have led the Braves to table any contract talks. He will have to prove there are no lingering effects for the team to be worried about.
McCann is a six-time All-Star with the Braves. He has a career line of .279/.351/.475.
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