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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3. Trade McCann

Realistically, this is the option that makes the most sense as there was a reason the White Sox pursued a catcher this offseason in the first place.

As can be seen on Baseball Prospectus, McCann ranked 104th out of 113 catchers in framing runs (-8.0) and 107th in FRAA (-10.2). With those numbers, the team arguably shouldn’t want him behind the plate at any point in 2020.

On top of it, the team has five catchers on the 40-man roster currently which is unnecessary and with a catcher like Grandal, there won’t be many extra games for other catchers to get playing time anyways.

Taking a risk on someone like Zack Collins behind the dish might be worthwhile as it would allow the team to save an extra $4-$5 million for their backup catcher and instead use it to add a reliever or something else.

The good thing about McCann is he probably played well enough in 2019 that he could net the White Sox a useful piece in return, whether it be someone to help fill a hole on the major league roster or a mid-level prospect.

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James McCann isn’t going to help the White Sox acquire a star, but he probably has more value to another team at this point.

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