McCann, the best backstop on the free agent market, is expected to command a deal between roughly $75-100 million over five or six years. The Red Sox were an obvious candidate to sign McCann as their own starting catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is a free agent and Boston does not appear overwhelmingly eager to re-sign him.
Instead, the Red Sox may turn their attention to Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz, 34, is likely to receive a two or three year deal at a much lower average annual value than McCann. He is likely to be cheaper than Saltalamacchia, too. In addition, Ruiz may well be a better defensive player than any other catcher on the market. Despite a down year at the plate in 2013, he has shown a good ability to get on base in the majors and hit .290/.380/.448 from 2009-2012.
Ruiz has already received some attention on the free agent market with many teams seeing him as a cheaper alternate that is still an upgrade to many catchers around the league. The Rockies, in particular, have stated that they plan on making Ruiz a multi-year offer this week.