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Brian McCann is by far the biggest name in a class of free-agent catchers that is very thin; he has one less All-Star selection than the rest of the class combined. The six-time All-Star has hit for a career .279 batting average and knocked at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons.
McCann battled injuries throughout the 2012 season, and his batting average took a sharp dip to .230. He will need to hit around his career average this season if he hopes to make the salary of a top catcher like the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, who is currently on a five-year, $75 million contract.
McCann has spent his entire eight-year career with the Atlanta Braves; however, there are reports that the player and organization may be willing to part ways at the end of the season. If he has a bounce-back performance, McCann could be out of Atlanta’s price range.
McCann will be back behind the plate sometime in mid-April, as he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and will need to play catchup on the rest of the class. If he puts up the numbers he is capable of, McCann should draw interest from around the league next offseason.