The New York Mets had a rollercoaster of an offseason. It began with a bang as the club re-signed Edwin Diaz almost immediately, and ended with the Carlos Correa saga.
The team that won 101 games last season will look very different. They'll be good, but it'll be hard to know how much better they truly got if they even did get better, until they play.
All of the roster turnover is bittersweet. Some of the players who left were infuriating to watch while others were among my favorite players ever.
Almost every NY Mets fan is thrilled James McCann is gone
It just never worked from day one. The James McCann signing never made any sense with J.T. Realmuto available, and thankfully we no longer have to watch him play.
McCann had one good season and one good 30-game stretch in the shortened 2020 season with the White Sox. The Mets then decided to guarantee him four years in a contract, just one less than what Realmuto ended up getting. While I never saw the appeal, I didn't think it'd be this bad.
McCann's first year was infuriating to watch. He slashed .232/.294/.349 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 121 games. He was one of very few Mets to stay healthy for most of the season, and he rewarded them by providing absolutely nothing offensively.
It somehow got even worse this past season, as McCann slashed .195/.257/.282 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 61 games played. McCann dealt with injuries and had lost his starting job to Tomas Nido, another light-hitting catcher.
The fact that McCann was outhit by Nido tells us all we need to know about his Mets tenure. Mets fans won't miss the double plays and black hole at the bottom of the order. McCann is a really solid defender and should be fine in a backup role in Baltimore, but it didn't work here.