Qualifying offer for Brian McCann
General manager Frank Wren said Monday the team will not make a qualifying offer to pitcher Tim Hudson.
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The Braves have 2012 rookie Evan Gattis set to take over at catcher next season. The team is not expected to compete aggressively in the free-agent bidding for McCann, a seven-time All-Star.
By making the qualifying offer, the Braves would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round if McCann signs with another team.
Atlanta may attempt to re-sign the 38-year-old Hudson, whose season ended with a broken ankle on July 24.
The Braves declined to exercise outfielder Reed Johnson's $1.6 million contract option. He gets a $150,000 buyout.
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