Braves face tough call on Brian McCann

Updated: October 23, 2012, 9:51 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Many executives planned to tune into Game 7 last night, but a lot are already deep into their winter's work, preparing to restructure their rosters. Some clubs face some really interesting negotiations in the weeks ahead, and among the most compelling decisions is one the Braves have to figure out, about a guy who has been the heir apparent to Chipper Jones as the face of the franchise.

Three months ago, the question of whether the Braves would pick up Brian McCann's $12 million option for next year was something of a no-brainer, given his history as a power-hitting All-Star catcher. But circumstances have changed a lot, and now this is a situation Braves officials must really puzzle over as they weigh all the factors involved. Consider: