It looks like the Mets might finally push over the first domino.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets and free-agent catcher James McCann are nearing a four-year contract.
Mets getting close with free-agent catcher James McCann, sources tell The Athletic. Deal expected to be four years.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2020
McCann spent parts of five seasons in Detroit as more of a glove-first, mediocre catcher before randomly breaking out with the White Sox. McCann slashed a .240/.288/.366 line over 1658 plate appearances. He then signed with Chicago and proceeded to have an explosion offensively, slashing a .276/.334/.474 line over 587 plate appearances with the White Sox.
Why does this matter? The Mets, who rival the Blue Jays as this winter’s hyper-aggressive, we’re-checking-in-on-everyone team, can finally kickstart free agency with this move.
As I speculated last week, the Mets signing McCann as their upgrade behind the plate is likely part of a larger plan to splurge on a top free agent at a different position. That could be George Springer, who would fill New York’s glaring need in the outfield, or it could be Trevor Bauer, who would add to an already-strong starting rotation.
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