You make the call: Should the Braves bring back Brian McCann?

New York Yankees' Brian McCann, right, hits a sacrifice fly scoring Brett Grdner as Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters looks on during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, July 18, 2016, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won 2-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Big Mac with a big swing. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that Brian McCann has cleared waivers. The Atlanta Braves — and any of the 28 other MLB clubs — are free to work a post-deadline trade with the Yankees for McCann’s services.

As we know, McCann is a catcher. As we also know, the Braves are in dire need of a catcher. Is this a return match made in heaven?

Things to ponder: McCann, who’ll turn 33 next February, is under contract for $17 million for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, which a vesting option for $15 million in 2019, by which time he’d be 35. McCann was mostly terrific over nine Braves seasons; he has been less terrific in 2 2/3 years as a Yankee, which figured. The aging curve on catchers is steep.

The Yankees appear to have no great need of McCann as a catcher. They have a fine catching prospect in Gary Sanchez. They’ve sold off many veterans — Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova — and McCann’s would be another big salary off the books. If they keep him, it would probably be as either a first baseman — Mark Teixeira will retire as season’s end — or a DH.

The Braves would surely want the Yankees to keep paying much if not most of McCann’s salary to take him off their hands. The Yankees, in rebuild mode, would surely want prospects in return for McCann. The Braves wouldn’t be crazy about the idea of parting with prospects. They could simply go buy a slightly younger catcher — Wilson Ramos or Matt Wieters — as a free agent come November and lose only a draft pick. (Which they wouldn’t like doing, either. But you can’t have everything.)

There’s your scenario. I plan to write a bit more about this later today, but for now I’ll ask y’all: If you’re the Braves, do you try to bring back B-Mac, or you do let this seeming opportunity slide? Thanks in advance for any/all input.

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oakislandbeachbum
oakislandbeachbum

He's too old and his skills are in decliine. If they can get him on deep discount, i.e., the nursery's "end-of-season" 2x reduced rack, go for it for one yr.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Americas debt crisis...is in the mind of the 1%...if there is one its that working people must mortgage their future and buy goods on credit cards. In terms of national debt most of it is owed to ourselves only $5 trillion is owe to BOND holders outside the US ...our economy generates $20 trillion per YEAR and our national debt stands at $19 trillion...thats like a family owing a years income...this is all smoke and mirrors to allow the 1% to escape paying taxes and fair wages.

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

How about bringing back Dan Uggla?  He is looking for a team.  

RonMexico
RonMexico

We should absolutely bring McCann back. Just as soon as he's done playing. Maybe a broadcast position or special instructor at Spring Training. But he can't be our catcher anymore.

Walter Gamble
Walter Gamble

Don't really think about McCann anymore, we have new people

moboman
moboman

Too old, too expensive.  

Bigdawg
Bigdawg

Are there anymore Molina brothers left?????

MichaelWaldrep
MichaelWaldrep

I wouldn't do it. The Braves are in rebuilding mode and should look for young talent, not an overpaid catcher on the downside of his career. Sorry, B-MAC.

Frosgrim
Frosgrim

To clarify the loss of the draft pick, it would not be a first round pick per Mathew Leach at MLB.Com:

The signing team gives up a first-round selection, unless it possesses one of the first 10 selections. In that case, the team gives up its next selection after that. The team losing the player, meanwhile, gains a sandwich pick at the end of the first round. This applies as long as the player signs before the start of the next Draft. http://m.mlb.com/news/article/41560238/as-expected-new-mlb-free-agent-compensation-rules-impact-free-agent-market/

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Not if that contract comes with him. I'd love to have him back for between $1 and $2 million, tops.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Why let players go in the first place if you're only going to try and reclaim them later?

That's what an aimless franchise does, and the result can be expected to produce, oh, maybe ONE championship in 50 years. Is that what we want, ATL?

BruceMac
BruceMac

Absolutely no.  We have two catchers better than Fat A McCann.  He was horrible with us the last year and is worse now.  Have you lost your ever loving mind.  I will take Recker in  a heart beat over lazy, no arm, no catch, pull happy old McCann. 

Joe in Co
Joe in Co

Love McCann, but let's let the Yankees honor their commitments (however exorbitant they may be). How old was Javy when we won the 95 series? 

joshdky
joshdky

I don't think the Braves will lose a draft pick for Matt Wieters if they sign him, because he accepted a qualifying offer last year, I don't think the Orioles can offer it to him again. And he played at Georgia Tech. So both Kemp and maybe Wieters and a health full season of Inciarte, and the addition of Swanson and Albies should draw a good number of fans. And might be a really good team.

Sidslid
Sidslid

Left handed hitter not getting it done in Yankee Stadium.  Toast anywhere else.  The Bethancourt whiff will cost the Braves for a while, more so than the Downton brothers.


davidg32
davidg32

No.  Hated to see McCann go to the Yanks in the first place, but the Braves shouldn't bring him back.  Brian should go to an A.L. club that can let him DH mostly, and play catcher on occasion. 

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

Whether or not the Yankees pay a big portion of his salary, how much do we want the Braves to cough up for a 33 yr old catcher who is no longer very productive?

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Not a good investment. Too much money for not enough production. Plus, you don't waste prospects on a washed up catcher. Sentimentality is all that makes this a story.

Jdub2500
Jdub2500

Depends on how much $$ the Yankees are willing to eat...also depends on whether or not they require "top" prospects.