Does it make sense to buy James McCann for the White Sox?

Does it make sense to buy James McCann for the White Sox? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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The White Sox and Mets have been popular mock trading partners on social media in recent days due to the two teams’ off-season moves and respective needs. The speculation is largely due to the arrival of Mets catcher Omar Narvaez, given that they already have top catching prospect Francisco Alvarez, as well as returning catchers Tomas Nido and James McCann.

New York will therefore likely move one or both of Nido and McCann before the start of the 2023 season. The White Sox, on the other hand, have been linked to several catchers in off-season rumors due to the uncertainty surrounding Yasmani Grandal’s knees and the lack of an established backup catcher behind him.

Meanwhile, the Mets may be interested in bullpen help, prospects, or simply getting rid of bad contracts. While payroll is hardly a problem for the club, perhaps it would be better if they left McCann. Alvarez and Narvaez will get the most catching chances in 2023 and Nido is a very solid defensive catcher still under two years of team control.

Since Nido is an organization’s quintessential ideal “third catcher”, the Mets may try to trade McCann or even designate him for assignment as he still owes more than $24 million over the next two seasons. Given his successful run in Chicago and the team’s need for depth, the White Sox could be interested.

What would a James McCann trade look like?

Given that McCann hit .220/.282/.328 (.610 OPS, 73 wRC+) in his 603 at bats with the Mets, he hasn’t been very successful in New York. Furthermore, when he takes into account his contract and that Nido has been an arguably superior defenseman and undeniably comparable hitter, McCann has little value to the Mets and in the trading market.

However, since the White Sox have enjoyed McCann’s better years, the team could potentially benefit from having him back as another catching option. It would be naive to expect his offense to return to 2019-2020 levels, but McCann, for example, developed great chemistry with Lucas Giolito and would fit in well with Pedro Grifol’s staff in terms of game planning and attention to detail.

Learn more about James McCann’s potential fit on this roster, and who the White Sox might enter to acquire him, by finishing this article at soxon35th.com.

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