White Sox: Plan on using James McCann all season long
The Chicago White Sox have a really good catcher duo with James McCann and Yasmani Grandal but don’t expect them to move McCann this offseason.
We live in a world where the Chicago White Sox have two of the best catchers in the world. James McCann was already there and had an all-star season for the White Sox in 2019. The American League All-Stars had a White Sox catcher for the first time since 2006. Then in November, the White Sox dropped huge news on the baseball world when they signed Yasmani Grandal to a four-year contract. They gave him a big deal so he figures to be the answer there for a while.
There are some people who think it would be a wise idea to trade James McCann for the sake of getting something for him because there is only one catcher that can play at a time. The White Sox went from having one really good catcher to two really good catchers so getting rid of one at the right price might be smart but it also might be a bad idea. They haven’t had a good designated hitter in a long time and whoever of the two that isn’t catching might be a really good option for that spot.
MLB insider Jon Heyman put some light on this conversation on Tuesday. He put it out there that the White Sox would need to be overwhelmed with an offer to trade James McCann. They plan on using both he and Grandal at catcher and at DH. He said that both could also get some time at first base if needed as well. He also added that Grandal is the primary catcher because he is the one who earned the 73 million dollar contract. This is a good problem to have as they have two guys in the lineup who can contribute in many different ways.
The more the White Sox play their best players, the better the results will be. McCann was one of their best players in 2019 and he was extremely clutch. Whenever he came up to bat in a big spot he came through. This should be a very good year for what figures to be a very dynamic catcher duo.