From ESPN:All-Star catcher Brian McCann has been re-signed for $26.8 million over six years.
McCann gets a $1 million signing bonus, $500,000 this year, $800,000 in 2008, $3.5 million in 2009, $5.5 million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011. He earns $8.5 million in 2012 and can make $3 million more in escalator provisions, but if he fails to win certain awards, his salary that season becomes a club option.Atlanta also has a $12 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout. Including the option year, the Braves potentially bought out two years of possible free agency. Because of complicated provisions in the contract, McCann likely would make at least $27.8 million under the deal, with the possibility of earning up to $29.8 million.This is an unprecedented and brilliant move by the Atlanta Braves. Good catchers are hard to come by, especially with a decent price tag, and they have just signed one of the best in the game for what is likely to be the healthiest and most productive stretch of his career. Even if he never surpasses his 2006 performance, the $4+ million average per season will likely be money well spent on one of the more productive backstops in the game.