Free agent McCann 'fascinated' by thought of playing for Red Sox, agent says

Jonah Birenbaum

Brian McCann, one of the offseason's most enticing commodities, is "fascinated" by the prospect of suiting up for the Boston Red Sox, his agent B.B. Abbott told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

“Certainly, Boston is a city that Brian likes, and he has always respected the organization and the front office,” Abbott, who stopped short of saying whether the Red Sox have called to express their interest. “Obviously, the coaching staff and the clubhouse unity is attractive. He has also always been fascinated with the fan base, their support of the Red Sox, and the history of the organization. Boston would certainly be a place that would be a consideration for Brian.”

The Red Sox did not extend a qualifying offer to incumbent backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and it appears "likely" the club will pursue McCann, according to Lauber.  A seven-time All-Star, McCann will likely command a deal no shorter than five years, and could cost as much as $100 million.

Boston would be forced to forfeit a draft pick to sign McCann, who received a $14.1-million qualifying offer from the Atlanta Braves.  The 29-year-old blasted 20 home runs with a .796 over 102 games in 2013.