White Sox make the signing of free agent catcher official on Wednesday. One of the team’s free agent targets had a meeting with another interested team.
The Chicago White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent catcher James McCann on Wednesday afternoon. McCann signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Sox after spending five seasons with the Detroit Tigers.
With the signing, the Sox add depth at catcher and filled a void after trading Omar Narvaez to Seattle. McCann likely won’t start for the Sox as he’s limited offensively but he does bring a good arm to throw out runners who attempt to steal a base. The signing of McCann isn’t flashy but it serves a purpose for the Sox in limiting the running game for opposing teams.
The Sox have more moves to make this offseason as they still have holes to fill at third base, in the outfield, and on the mound. Sox fans have been waiting patiently for the team to add more marquee free agents such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but small additions similar to the signing of McCann shouldn’t be overlooked.
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Manny Machado Meets With New York Yankees
Speaking of Machado, the free agent superstar met with another interested team in the New York Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. After meeting with the Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, Machado met with the Yankees who some writers believe is the perfect fit for him.
The Sox interest in Machado has been strong and could be traced back to last offseason when the team was rumored to be interested in trading for him when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. While many Sox fans would like to see Machado playing his home games at Guaranteed Rate Field for a number of years, there are other teams interested in signing the All-Star infielder.
Machado has another reported meeting set for Thursday with the Philadelphia Phillies. While the Yankees have the prestige that not many teams in baseball or other sports have, it could be easy for some Sox fans to think Machado will undoubtedly sign with New York.
In the past, the Yankees typically signed top free agents to lucrative contracts. These are different times, however, and it doesn’t appear the Yankees will outbid any team for Machado. The Sox still have a chance to sign Machado. Time will tell if the Sox can add the young infielder to their team for next season or if Machado plays elsewhere.