Mets catcher depth chart from the top down to the bottom
By Mason Smoller
Without a doubt, James McCann is the go-to starting catcher for the next few years. After, that is why he received a four-year deal worth just over $40-million.
The 30-year-old has played seven years in the majors, five with the Detroit Tigers and two with the Chicago White Sox. Yet it was with the White Sox where McCann became the All-Star caliber catcher the Mets hope to get.
In 149 games since 2019, McCann has clobbered 25 home runs and 75 RBI, with a .276 batting average and .334 on base percentage. Prior to this breakout, McCann was a .240 career hitter with 40 home runs to his name with the Tigers. Clearly, given the length of McCann’s deal, the Mets have faith this uptick in his production in recent years can be maintained.
He also makes for a strong defensive catcher too. McCann has made great strides, especially this past season. Despite only catching 30 games, McCann saved five runs. To put that into perspective, Ramos was at -1.
Joining McCann as the other lock on the roster is Tomas Nido. 96 games into his career, Nido has been no more than a defensive-first backup catcher. Nonetheless, his .292 average in 26 at bats in 2020 makes for some optimism he is finally making strides offensively.
Similar to McCann, Nido is due to be a free agent in 2025. The duo will be behind the plate for a few years and hopefully build off of their good offensive play of late.