McCann's looming contract negotiations

Updated: April 12, 2012, 3:49 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The ripples from the Cardinals' signing of Yadier Molina have already been felt in the market, in the negotiations of Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero and Russell Martin. Molina's five-year, $75 million deal has allowed the agents for the other catchers to compare their clients to Molina and ask for more money.

Soon, another All-Star catcher will be helped by the shifting dynamics in the market: Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves. McCann is making $8.5 million this season, in the last year of his current contract, and the Braves hold a $12 million option on the slugger for 2013.

McCann is just 28 years old and is one of the premier catchers in the majors. And while Molina is generally regarded as peerless defensively, McCann is among the pre-eminent offensive catchers, having posted an OPS between .817 and .896 in each of the last four seasons. He has an excellent reputation as a teammate, and like Joey Votto, he's the type of personality a club would want to build around.