Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed free agent catcher Brian McCann. The deal is reportedly for one year, $2 million. McCann, who will turn 35 in February, began his career in Atlanta, playing there for his first nine seasons.
McCann had a bad right knee that limited him to 63 games last season. He wasn’t all that great when he played, either, hitting a mere .212/.301/.339, likely because of the knee. He’s still a strong defensive catcher, however, and he’s lauded for his leadership skills. That he’s such a known and familiar quantity in Atlanta makes him an easier choice for the Braves too.
He’ll split time with Tyler Flowers and will, without question, get the “welcome home” treatment from the hometown fans.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.