3) NY Mets will have to trade James McCann and eat part of the contract
We are now in year two of not really enjoying the James McCann experience. Signed for two more seasons after the current campaign, moving on from him is something every fan is ready for the front office to do.
There is a problem. McCann is way overpriced for the production. The Mets can release him and eat the entire contract or find a trade partner where they would most likely need to still devour a good portion of the money he is owed.
Because of who the owner of the team is, the money portion isn’t the issue. It’s the roster spot McCann takes up. Mets fans are ready for Francisco Alvarez to make his MLB debut and stick behind the plate. We can debate if he’ll be ready for Opening Day 2023. Regardless of that, we have to anticipate him getting promoted at some point next season.
McCann could remain with the Mets and the team could instead send Tomas Nido somewhere else. This isn’t ideal. Nido is a pretty good backup catcher and has shown he can hit just as well as McCann—which isn’t saying a lot.
The Mets could always look for a swapping of bad contracts. Perhaps there is someone out there in a similar situation as McCann that could fit a little better in Flushing.