The Mets are nearing a deal with James McCann. How does this affect the Blue Jays?

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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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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