Brian McCann's Injury Makes Re-Signing David Ross a Priority for the Braves

Brian McCann, the once rising star for the Braves had a rough 2012.  He suffered a shoulder injury and underwent surgery a couple weeks ago.  The injury and subsequent surgery could force the Atlanta Braves' catcher to miss the beginning of the 2013 season.  He has a team option for 2013 worth $12 million, but the Braves will be turning their focus toward re-signing David Ross for now.

According to Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, both the Braves and Ross want to work out a new deal.

With McCann playing in only 121 games, Ross offered a viable replacement for the Braves.  Ross hit .256/.321/.449 with 9 home runs in 62 games.  The Braves liked what they saw in him and how he handled the pitching staff.  If McCann stays with the team, which is up in the air now, Atlanta will still need someone to fill in if McCann misses time at the start of the year.

Ross made $1,625,000 last season.  The Braves can likely bring him back for something similar.  The most he's ever made in his 11-year career so far has been $2.525 in 2008 with the Reds.  Ross has played for six different teams and is a career .238/.324/.444 hitter.

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