According to the latest New York Mets rumors, J.T. Realmuto is not a fan of playing in the Big Apple. Let’s turn our focus to James McCann.
One day after the World Series ended, we got a dose of news involving catcher J.T. Realmuto. Adding to the early offseason New York Mets rumors, we learned that the star catcher is “not particularly keen on playing in New York.”
This doesn’t help the Mets much given that half of their games are played in the Big Apple.
We can digest this bit of Mets rumors a few different ways. For one, Realmuto also said he would like to remain in Philadelphia with the Phillies. It’s what a free agent with any integrity probably should say.
However, Realmuto crosses the battle lines when he calls out New York specifically. Perhaps it’s a strategy, though. The leak on his opinion of playing in New York could just mean he hopes to get paid a little more to join the Mets.
Whatever the case may be, I don’t think this completely eliminates Realmuto from the 2021 Mets roster.
What it does, however, is usher in the beginning stages of seeing a different catcher appear in some future Mets rumors. His name is James McCann.
A 2020 Gold Glove finalist, McCann enjoyed two straight productive seasons with the Chicago White Sox. He seems to have bloomed a little late, slashing .276/.334/.474 in his 587 plate appearances on the Southside of ChiTown.
Prior to joining them, he was a lifetime .240/.288/.366 hitter as a member of the Detroit Tigers. Once a player regarded more as a platoon player with the bulk of at-bats, McCann now looks like a solid free agent pickup for anyone hoping to upgrade the catching position.
A little more news from the Mets relating to the catcher spot, the Mets are expected to decline Wilson Ramos’ third-year option. This catches no one by surprise. Outside of his 2019 hitting streak, it wasn’t a pleasant stay in Flushing for him.
The current state of the Mets’ catching situation is this: we want Realmuto, he doesn’t want us, we’re cool with McCann, we hope he feels the same, and Ramos probably feels the same way about his stint in New York as many fans do.
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Mets rumors are only weeks away from getting real hot and heavy. Guys like Realmuto, George Springer, and Trevor Bauer cannot sneeze without the beat reporters tweeting about it. For a change, the Mets should be in conversation with each of these top names.