Free agent catcher Brian McCann is going home. After five seasons away from the Braves, he's headed back on a one-year deal, the Braves announced Monday afternoon. The relatively quick signing here was reportedly McCann's idea, too:
McCann made it clear he wanted to be with the Braves. He passed up some more lucrative offers to once again play in his hometown.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 26, 2018
McCann was born in Athens, Georgia and was drafted in the second round by the Braves out of Duluth (Georgia) high school. He went on to play the first nine years of his MLB career with the Braves, too, so McCann is Georgia through and through. It makes sense after a five-year hiatus to plan on playing the twilight of his career in where he considers home.
McCann, 34, hit .212/.301/.339 (79 OPS+) with seven homers and 23 RBI in 63 games with the Astros last season. He was bothered for much of the season with a knee injury. Perhaps a return home and better health will pave the way for a season similar to what he had in 2017, when he hit .241/.323/.436 (106) with 18 homers.
Tyler Flowers is the holdover catcher on the Braves' roster and he's a natural platoon mate for McCann, as he swings right handed while McCann swings lefty. Kurt Suzuki, Flowers' former platoon mate, earlier this month.