Chicago White Sox: Three options for James McCann

Joshua Finkelstein
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 22: James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first base in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 22, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 22: James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first base in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 22, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox acquisition of Yasmani Grandal is a big deal for the franchise. The move does leave James McCann‘s future with the team in question, though.

Currently, the team has five catchers on the 40-man roster. Aside from McCann and Grandal, the team also has Zack Collins, Yermin Mercedes, and Seby Zavala.

McCann, 29, had the best offensive season of his career in 2019 in which he hit .273/.328/.460 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI to give himself a 109 OPS+. He also made his first career All-Star game.

The White Sox have been very active this offseason and with more moves to be made, it remains to be seen what the acquisition of Yasmani Grandal will actually mean for McCann and his future with the team.

As of now, McCann has one more year of team control before he would become a free agent after the 2020 season.

This will be his last season of arbitration, although, he will hit the open market for the second time in his career.

After the 2018 season, the Detroit Tigers non-tender McCann which resulted in the White Sox signing him to a one-year. $2.5 million contract to start at catcher for them in 2019.

I believe that the White Sox have three legitimate options to consider when it comes to McCann going forward this offseason.

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