The Atlanta Braves once again made an expected move Monday when they made Brian McCann a one-year qualifying offer. The only other eligible player for a qualifying offer the Braves had last year was Tim Hudson, but the Braves only made him a standard one-year offer.
The qualifying offer this season sits at $14.1 million, but McCann is expected to decline it by the 5 p.m. deadline on Nov. 11 and test the free agent market waters. Braves.com reports the Texas Rangers are currently the front runners for McCann with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees also in the mix.
The 38-year-old Hudson will definitely make less than $14.1 million next season, but he and his agent may not counter Atlanta's offer.
Instead, Hudson says he has been contacted by around 10 teams since the World Series ended.
Hudson is still recovering from a gruesome broken ankle in August. He should have a screw removed sometime this week and be cleared to throw if everything is structurally sound.
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