White Sox rumors: James McCann “close to deal” with Mets

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Former Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann sounds like he is close to a deal with the NY Mets.

Ken Rosenthal of “The Athletic” is reporting that former Chicago White Sox catcher, James McCann is getting close to a deal with the New York Mets. They have been the main rumored team for McCann for a while now and it seems like he is going there. The Mets are also now one of the richer teams after a change in ownership so they have been all over the rumor mill this offseason. Landing McCann would be great for them.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets are looking to give McCann a four-year deal. This would be a great thing for McCann after two amazing years with the White Sox. He was an all-star in year one and then was even better in year two, even though it was only a 60 game season. He is 30 years old with a lot of great play left in him. If this deal with the Mets does in fact work out, it would be a well-deserved deal that he earned.

How did we get here with McCann? Well, his tenure with the White Sox was clearly going to be short-lived when they signed Yasmani Grandal to a long term deal last November. McCann was so good but the White Sox decided they needed to bring in a long-term answer when it was available. McCann has now proven over two years that he deserves to be a starter.

It is fair to say that if the Mets do in fact reach this reported deal with McCann, he will enjoy his time there. The Mets don’t really bother the White Sox too much being in the National League so there are worse teams for him to leave for. He will get to catch some outstanding pitchers like Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman which should be really exciting.

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You were able to see in his short time with the White Sox how he impacted the team. For one, he helped Lucas Giolito become the all-world pitcher that he is today. He also played stellar defense and was an awesome offensive player. He deserves this chance and if it happens, we wish him well!