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Brian McCann wants to end his career with the Braves

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Brian McCann may have just won his first championship with the Astros, but he doesn’t seem to think of Houston as his final destination. On Friday, the veteran backstop told Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’d prefer to finish off the last leg of his major league career with the Braves.

McCann made his big league debut with the Braves back in 2005, riding a .278/.345/.400 batting line into the postseason, where the team was brought down by the Astros 3-1 in the Division Series. He finished a nine-year track with the club in 2013, slashing a cumulative .277/.350/.473 with 176 home runs and an .823 OPS before picking up back-to-back gigs with the Yankees and Astros.

“This is my home,” he told Burns. “I played close to 10 years here. This organization is really, really, really close to my heart. I love this organization.”

Don’t take that to mean that he’s ready to jump ship just yet, however, or that he even envisions spending a full final season in Atlanta. The 33-year-old catcher is still expected to start behind the dish for the Astros next spring and stands to earn $17 million in 2018 with a $15 million club option for 2019. Retirement is several years away, at least, and McCann wants to win one or two more championships before he hangs up his cleats for good. He predicted the Braves will be back in the postseason “sooner rather than later,” but didn’t give any indication that he’ll be in their ranks when they start approaching their fourth franchise title.

“I’ll always be an Atlanta Brave,” he said on Saturday. “So I love this organization and we’ll see what happens in the future. But right now I’m really excited to be a Houston Astro. It’s a great organization.”

Giants, Cardinals reportedly have offers on the table for Giancarlo Stanton

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We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.

The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;

The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?

UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:

Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.