Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
This winter, the Atlanta Braves quickly replaced the services of the departing Michael Bourn with Arizona outfielder Justin Upton, who came to Turner Field to join his brother B.J. in pursuit of a pennant. With two Upton brothers, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman forming the heart of this lineup, a return to form by Brian McCann could make Atlanta the team to beat in the National League.
McCann suffered several injuries during the course of the 2012 season, and had offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He appeared in 121 games, hitting 20 home runs and driving in 67 runs for Atlanta, but saw a noticeable drop in his average hitting just .230 (well below his career mark of .279).
Out till at least late April while recovering, McCann will lose the first month of the season, and will have to make up for it in a hurry if he hopes to land a big contract next year. The free-agent catching class is weak, with a solid all-around backstop such as McCann leading the pack. It's likely several teams will be vying for his services come this offseason.