Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) embraces catcher Brian McCann after the Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 7-0.
Even though the Texas Rangers signed backup catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year last week, and general manager Jon Daniels said Soto was "their guy" behind the plate, he also acknowledged the move didn't totally take them out of the running for certain big-name free agents.
It's no secret who Daniels was referring to in that statement, as one of the biggest free agents on the market this winter happens to be a catcher in Atlanta Braves backstop Brian McCann.
The folks at ESPN Boston are saying things like Texas is "knocking down his door" in reference to McCann. Take that for it's worth coming from someone in Boston, but it wouldn't be surprising. McCann is very good, and he's also very versatile.
McCann can play catcher and be a part-time designated hitter from the left side of the plate. In a pinch, he could also play some first base and do it pretty well. McCann's price is believed to be somewhere in the $75-$100 million range. One-hundred mil could be a bit high for our liking, but for $75-$85 million, McCann could be a great option who can fill in several different holes depending on the day.