McCann and Hudson drawing interest from a number of clubs
There will no surprises for Brian McCann or Tim Hudson once every Major League Baseball club makes its qualifying offers to their respective qualified free agents by 5 p.m. ET today. McCann will receive one and Hudson will not.
In order to receive draft-pick compensation for potential free-agent departures, clubs must make a qualifying offer to any of its qualifying free agents. The player has until 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to accept the offer, which this year is a one-year contract valued at $14.1 million.
Hudson and McCann are Atlanta’s only free agents who qualified for this potential offer.
McCann will decline this offer, which is obviously less significant than the generous offers he is expected to receive as he stands as one of the most attractive free agents on this year’s market. The Rangers are the early favorites to sign the seven-time All-Star catcher, who will turn 30 in February. But McCann is also expected to receive attention from a handful of other clubs, most notably the Yankees and Red Sox.
Hudson will not receive a qualifying offer because his salary for the 2014 season will likely not be in the vicinity of the $14.1 million figure. But the 38-year-old veteran pitcher has been encouraged by the fact that approximately 10 teams have already contacted him. The Royals and Indians are the clubs that have shown the most interest so far.
Indians manager Terry Francona had a lengthy telephone discussion with Hudson a few days ago. Royals manager Ned Yost is expected to meet with Hudson later this week.
The Braves have already made a one-year offer to Hudson. But Hudson and his agent have not yet chosen to make a counter offer.
Hudson is nearing the end of his recovery from the fractured right ankle that sidelined him for the final two months of this season. A screw will be removed from his ankle within the next week. If everything appears to be structurally sound at that point, Hudson could be cleared to begin throwing two weeks later.
- Mark Bowman