The Braves made a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to free agent Brian McCann, assuring they’ll at least receive a compensatory draft pick if the catcher signs with another team.

As expected, McCann was the only one of the Braves’ free agents to receive a qualifying offer before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. Free agents have one week to accept or decline the offers; last year all nine major league free agents who received qualifying offers declined them.

The Braves have also made a one-year offer (not a qualifying offer) to free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, whom they’d like to bring back at a salary significantly lower than his $9 million in 2013.
Also Monday, the team declined a $1.6 million option on veteran outfielder/pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, opting to pay the $150,000 buyout and making him a free agent. General manager Frank Wren said declining the option wouldn’t necessarily preclude the Braves from pursuing Johnson later.

Hudson, 38, is recovering from the broken ankle that ended his season in late July, and could begin throwing later this month after having a surgical screw removed. Eight other teams have already expressed interest in the right-hander, who has 205 career wins include 113 in nine seasons with the Braves. He was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts in 2013.

McCann will almost certainly decline the qualifying offer, as it’s believed he’ll command a multi-year offer worth $15 million or more annually for at least five seasons, most likely from an American League team such as the Red Sox, Rangers or Yankees. Ten teams have already expressed interest in McCann according to his agent, B.B. Abbott.

Any team that signs him would give up a first-round pick in the June free-agent draft, or a second-round pick if their first-rounder is among the protected first 10 picks. The Braves would receive a compensatory draft pick created after the first round, not the pick lost by the team that signs McCann.