Its a business; a hard, unforgiving business.
It was a business last season, when Braves catcher Brian McCann played hurt and, according to several former teammates, grew frustrated when management did not sufficiently acknowledge his condition or sacrifice.
And it will be a business this offseason, when McCann becomes a free agent and, if healthy, likely draws interest from several high-revenue clubs, including one that expressed interest in him after last season, the Texas Rangers.
The worst is behind McCann, who is expected to return in mid-April from surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He said he is excited by his progress, excited by his teams prospects and open to remaining with his hometown team, even while some of his friends believe hes a goner.
General manager Frank Wren, seeking to ensure that the two sides maintain a positive relationship, said he reached out to McCann with a telephone call after last season ended.
I felt like we needed to sit down and h...