(RADIO.COM Sports) Mets fans had hoped their first signing under newly minted owner Steve Cohen would be a big one, perhaps former World Series MVP George Springer or reigning National Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. Instead, New York went the more conventional route, bolstering its bullpen with the addition of ex-Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May earlier this week. That may have been an anticlimactic way to kick off the Cohen era in Queens, though there’s something to be said for bullpen depth, especially in today’s game in which starters often don't last longer than five innings.
So what’s next on New York’s offseason agenda? That’s to be determined, but from the looks of it, the Mets have eyes for former Tigers and White Sox catcher James McCann, who was an All-Star in Chicago in 2019. An above-average hitter for the position, McCann logged a respectable .289 average with seven homers in 97 at-bats for the White Sox last season while splitting backstop reps with Yasmani Grandal.
McCann and White Sox ace Lucas Giolito have had a wonderful partnership in McCann's two seasons in Chicago, which dovetail with Giolito's breakout after he had a terrible 2018 season. While Giolito has campaign for the White Sox to bring McCann back, he appears to be out of the team's price range in the bidding process. The White Sox still have Grandal under contract for three more years.
For the Mets, McCann wouldn’t be as sexy of a signing as perennial All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, but he would cost much less and allow the Mets more flexibility to address other needs and pursue expensive players like Springer, Bauer and perhaps Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor on the trade market.