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Mets: 3 moves that would be made if Twitter was the General Manager

Apr 22, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 02: James McCann #33 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 2, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

2) James McCann Would Be Regulated To The Bench

When James McCann was signed by the Mets this offseason there was certainly a mixed reaction among the fanbase considering J.T. Realmuto was still available on the market but was he determined to play hardball and attempt to reach his astronomical price tag. When the Mets pivoted to McCann to avoid putting their offseason on hold and committed four years and $40 million to the former White Sox backstop, many expected a significant upgrade behind the plate after Wilson Ramos’s unpleasant 2020 campaign.

While McCann has shown flashes with the leather and has had a huge hand in the Mets’ entire pitching staff being among the best in baseball, his bat has left fans wondering if they have been duped. While McCann has never been known as a full-time catcher during his time with the White Sox, in which he had a couple of great offensive seasons that included a 2019 All-Star appearance, it’s fair to wonder if the everyday action has affected McCann’s bat as he adjusts to a new league and an entirely new pitching staff.

To this point, many fans on Twitter have apparently seen enough of McCann’s offensive struggles and have called for more Tomas Nido in the starting lineup, which could be considered a fair point as offensively Nido has been far superior with the bat this season. While the best short-term move may be inserting Nido into the starting lineup more frequently, it’s still way too soon to discount James McCann regardless of how much he’s struggled over the first month and a half of the season.

Mets Twitter would’ve banished James McCann to the bench already if it was sitting in Zack Scott’s position, but it’s not a sensible move to bench a player you just made a high investment in, especially in the second month of a four-year contract. James McCann is expected to be part of the solution moving forward and we must support him regardless of his offensive woes early.

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