The Mets’ seek for a beginning catcher was pointing towards James McCann on Wednesday, as workforce officers continued dialogue with the free-agent backstop’s camp.
However amid stories a deal was shut, an trade supply cautioned it was “untimely” to imagine McCann was headed to Queens.
The 30-year-old McCann is thought to be the second-best catcher on the free-agent market, behind solely J.T. Realmuto. The Athletic reported that any deal between McCann and the Mets would doubtless be for 4 years.
McCann slashed .289/.360/.536 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 31 video games final season for the White Sox, the place he shared enjoying time with Yasmani Grandal. A yr earlier McCann was chosen to the American League All-Star workforce.
Realmuto, 29, owns a greater monitor file from his years with the Marlins and Phillies, however may also doubtless command a deal longer in size than McCann, within the ballpark of 9 figures or above. And there may be all the time a degree of concern in allocating enormous assets on a catcher, given the grind of the place. Projections within the trade are that McCann will garner a deal that pays him within the neighborhood of $10 million to $12 million yearly.
McCann’s attributes embrace a powerful defensive presence — he was plus-5 in runs saved final season, which tied for fourth within the main leagues. He additionally possesses a powerful throwing arm and has turn out to be well-regarded for pitch framing, after growing underneath catching teacher Jerry Narron final season.
The necessity for a catcher comes after the Mets declined the 2021 choices on Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos, leaving Tomas Nido as the one catcher on the 40-man roster with important expertise.
Selecting McCann over Realmuto would presumably depart Mets president Sandy Alderson with the monetary flexibility so as to add a number of massive items (maybe George Springer and Trevor Bauer) to a workforce that has obvious wants aside from catcher.
The Mets are seen because the favorites all through the trade to signal Springer, the highest outfielder in the marketplace. Springer would offer the workforce with a defensive improve in middle subject to Brandon Nimmo and in addition add a much-needed righty bat to the lineup.
Bauer, who received the Nationwide League Cy Younger Award with the Reds, would complement Jacob deGrom to provide the Mets a dynamic 1-2 punch atop their rotation.
Alderson final week addressed the bullpen, including right-hander Trevor Might on a two-year deal value $15.5 million.
The Mets prolonged invites to 4 groups as a part of the brand new minor league alignment that can start in 2021. Syracuse (Triple-A), Binghamton (Double-A), Brooklyn (Excessive-A) and St. Lucie (Low-A) have all been chosen by the Mets.
Eradicated had been affiliations with Columbia, Kingsport and the Gulf Coast League Mets, along with groups within the Dominican Republic.