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Rangers could target Braves' Brian McCann as a free agent

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

The Rangers, as they proved again in Monday night's Game 163, will need to add offense this winter.

One name to watch closely: Brian McCann.

McCann, the Braves catcher, will be one of the most popular players on the free-agent market. He won't come cheap, even though the Braves aren't expected to try to re-sign him.

But the Rangers may be at the top of the list of teams that covet him. The Rangers have repeatedly tried to trade for McCann, according to sources, and had scouts following the Braves closely, apparently to watch McCann.

The Rangers went to the free-agent market for a catcher last winter, first looking at Russell Martin and eventually signing A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.

The 36-year-old Pierzynski wasn't able to duplicate his 2012 White Sox numbers. His home run total dropped from a career-high 27 back down to 17, and his OPS went from .827 back down to .722.

McCann had a .796 OPS for the Braves, and he put together his sixth consecutive 20-homer season, despite being limited to 356 at-bats.

The Rangers will no doubt be looking to add power, as a lack of home runs played into their failure to make the playoffs. The Rangers hit only six home runs in their final 14 home games.

 
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