Conundrums: BMac and JJ

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 20: Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves high fives Freddie Freeman #5 after McCann hit a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 20, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

We all knew the day would come when we have to seriously think about re-signing BMac. I'll never forget the day his first big contract was signed in 2007 -- I was in Florida with my family and I got a call from a friend: "THE BRAVES JUST SIGNED YOUR FAVORITE BABYFACED CATCHER TO A LONG CONTRACT!" Me: "SERIOUSLY?!!"

2013 seemed so far away at the time, and now we have all the big news outlets talking about whether we will be able to re-sign BMac. This article, in particular, bothered me a little... Mega television deals are changing baseball's economic landscape

Franchises once considered baseball royalty are tumbling into the middle class. Atlanta's outdated TV deal -- they're locked into a 25-year local contract -- will factor into whether the Braves can sign free-agency bound homegrown star Brian McCann, whose price rose higher with the Cardinals' recent signing of Yadier Molina to a five-year, $75 million deal. Asked in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution if the team's TV contract will be a competitive disadvantage for the Braves going forward, team CEO Terry McGuirk said, "Let's just say it won't be an advantage."

Not good. Let's all hope we can find the money SOMEWHERE.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

I was sad and not sad to see JJ sent to Gwinnett. Of course I love JJ and want him to pitch in our rotation forever, but he's not been the same since the All-Star break last year. What happened to the pitcher who could have started the 2011 All-Star game? Hopefully he can figure things out soon.

Joshua's idea here isn't a bad theory... ;)

And maybe Bryan's idea would help, too... Jurrjens optioned to Triple-A after loss Jurrjens optioned after latest struggles in LA

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