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New York Mets Start Spending: Catcher James McCann is Getting Four Years and More Than $40 Million

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The first really significant free agent signing of the offseason is finally going down, and it’s one that’s been expected for a few days now: the New York Mets are opening their new owner’s wallet, and signing catcher James McCann to a surprisingly large deal.

At age 30, Chicago White Sox part-time catcher James McCann put together an absolute monster of a season, raking at the plate and being a stud behind it. Were that all you had to go on, you’d think he was a superstar meriting a contract beyond even that of top free agent J.T. Realmuto.

But the performance before the shortened 2020 season is more mixed, as he had a decent year in 2019 (his first with the White Sox), following a long track record of being atrocious at the plate with the Tigers. Maybe he figured something fundamental out – catchers do often develop later offensively – but it’s still really surprising to me to see the Mets go after him so aggressively. They must really believe he’s a totally different guy now. I applaud the big swing, I suppose.

They do get him on a lower AAV than a top signing would normally get ($10M AAV is pretty darn attractive if you expect to be a team touching the luxury tax in the years to come), so that makes it a much better deal for the Mets, in particular, than a shorter deal with an only slightly lower guarantee.

Now we wait to see what else the Mets have in store, and whether their willingness to move aggressively on McCann portends a change in the market elsewhere (or if this was just a one-off). Meanwhile, Realmuto loses an obvious big-money suitor.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.