Report: McCann interested in signing with Red Sox

Report: McCann interested in signing with Red Sox
November 5, 2013, 8:45 pm
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You won't find many players who aren't excited at the idea of playing in Boston (OK, aside from Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford).

The latest one showing interest in the Sox after their World Series title is catcher Brian McCann, previously of the Braves.

B.B. Abbott, managing partner at Jet Sports Management and McCann's agent, told the Boston Herald: "Certainly Boston is a city that Brian likes, and he has always respected the organization and the front office. Obviously, the coaching staff and clubhouse unity is attractive. He has also always been fascinated with the fan base, their support of the Red Sox and the history of the organization. Boston would certainly be a place that would be a consideration for Brian."

The Sox did not make a qualifying offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and certainly need a catcher - whether Saltalamacchia comes back for cheaper than $14.1 million a year or the Sox sign somebody else.

In 2013, McCann his .256 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 102 games. He had a .336 OBP and .461 SLG. He has hit 20-plus home runs in seven of the last eight seasons.

So, do the Red Sox have real interest in McCann? CSNNE's Trenni Kusnierek talked to Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam about the report.

"Well they'd be foolish to at least not investigate it because he is an elite offensive catcher," McAdam said, "and that is Saltalamacchia's deal. It's clearly not about his defense and his throwing or controlling the running game. McCann is sort of an upgrade offensively over Saltalmacchia, but he's not going to be cheap to try to sign him."

But the Sox won't be the only team looking into McCann. McAdam says other teams like the Rangers and Yankees could make a play for him. Also, he won't come cheap.

"I would put that number higher than $85 million on a five or six-year deal," McAdam said. "Maybe the Red Sox can rationalize that by saying he can shift to 1st base or DH as he gets a little older, and/or David Ortiz retires."