With the World Series now in the rear view mirror, the offseason is officially underway. Now, let the speculation as to the futures of Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Dan Uggla and more begin! On Monday, the Braves made Brian McCann the ‘qualifying offer’ of 14.1 million dollars for a one year deal (standard around MLB). He will obviously decline the offer, seeking a long term deal that could be worth up to $100 million dollars. While it’s likely Mac ends up in the American League, several NL teams will also be interested in his services.
Now while it’s highly likely McCann has played his last game in Braves uniform, the future is a little brighter when it comes to Tim Hudson. Teams like the Royals, Indians and Red Sox have already expressed interest in the 38 year old Hudson, however, with the roots he has in this town and all the charitable work he’s involved with, I’d be surprised to see Hudson skip town. That is, unless he is just blown away by a ridiculous offer that the Braves don’t feel they can match.
What about Dan Uggla, you ask? Well, with 2 years and $26 million dollars left on his contract, it will take a lot for the Braves to be able to move him. Eating the majority of the contract would be a great place to start. The fact that Uggla didn’t make Atlanta’s NLDS roster should tell you all you need to know about where he stands with the organization at this point in his career. I do expect Uggla to be moved in the offseason, but don’t expect a whole lot in return. Perhaps a change of scenery could do him good? Uggla’s a three time All-Star, however, his last two seasons in Atlanta have been extremely disappointing.
This will certainly be a busy offseason for the Braves brass, and the groundwork to some potential deals could be discussed starting Monday as the GM Meetings get underway in Orlando. Four weeks later, the Baseball Winter Meetings will be held at the Swan & Dolphin Hotel at Disney. Between now and then, we should have a much clearer idea of who the Braves could pursue for 2014 and beyond.
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