Mets: The only three free agents worth overpaying for this winter
Catcher James McCann
If the Mets are going to overpay for George Springer, I don’t envision them also overpaying for catcher J.T. Realmuto. In this circumstance, I could imagine them “overpaying” for a more affordable option in catcher James McCann.
As previously stated I don’t believe the Mets will be outbid this offseason for any player they are targeting and McCann certainly fits that bill. There will be multiple teams interested in acquiring the 30-year old catcher this offseason and his market may cast a wider net due to his affordability in comparison to J.T. Realmuto. This is the perfect example of the Mets flexing their financial muscles and rightfully overpaying for a player they covet.
It already has been rumored that Realmuto is not keen on playing in New York which may make the decision easier for the Mets brass to pivot to a more affordable option in McCann. While defensively McCann is known as one of the best in the game, his offense has come alive over the past few seasons which garnered him a spot at the 2019 All-Star Game.
During the 2020 season, McCann hit .289 with seven home runs and 15 RBI’s in 97 at-bats with the Chicago White Sox to go along with a .896 OPS while splitting time with fellow catcher Yasmani Grandal. In 2019 which became McCann’s coming out party, he had hit .273 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI’s, to go along with a .789 OPS in 118 games.
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McCann could command a two or three-year deal this offseason, with an average annual value close to $10 million per season. If the Mets front office needs to exceed that number by a couple of million dollars to get their starting catcher for 2021, they should not hesitate to overspend.