James McCann was an all-star catcher in 2019. He was a pleasant surprise for all White Sox fans as he played very well. The team then signed Yasmani Grandal to a very lucrative contract back in November and is sure to see most of the catching duties. McCann is still there to catch when needed but they might want to get his bat involved more as well.
That is why he might also see some time as the designated hitter. There is no doubt that Grandal is going to see most of the catching duties, but bringing McCann back after last year tells us that he should still see plenty of action in 2020. It might not be smart to expect him to be an All-Star again this year but if he can repeat some of his magic from last year it would be very good for the Sox.
In 2019, he hit 18 home runs and had 60 RBIs and 62 runs scored. A lot of his moments seemed to be in the clutch situations as well, so bringing him back for this year is good to see. He also might get to be Lucas Giolito’s personal catcher throughout the year. When Grandal is the catcher, there is a decent chance that McCann sees time as a designated hitter if Encarnacion needs a break or is in the field. McCann is also capable of playing some first base if needed. It is good to have this type of depth at all of these positions.