Has anything caught us off guard more than the Omar Narvaez signing from Thursday night? We must have read this wrong. The New York Mets did not have a need to sign yet another catcher. We already have three. This monopoly on backstops can’t be legal.
Immediately after realizing the Mets did indeed add a catcher, our attention turns to what’s next. It must mean someone is gone soon.
Our fingers point squarely at James McCann. The overpriced catcher for the Mets who lost a lot of playing time over the last two seasons to Tomas Nido is the one we want to trade away. While nothing has happened just yet, paying Narvaez that kind of money definitely seems to mesh better with keeping Nido around.
Where will the Mets trade James McCann?
The only rumored destination for McCann all offseason was the Texas Rangers. Just because they’re the rumored team doesn’t mean others haven’t changed their mind or kept tight lips. Those who lost in the Willson Contreras, Sean Murphy, and Christian Vazquez sweepstakes could all have an interest in him as a possible rebound candidate.
The Houston Astros immediately come to mind, but they also seem so much wiser than this. The Boston Red Sox could make some sense, however, with the way Chaim Bloom has run their franchise with a copper fist (cheaper than iron) it doesn’t feel so likely.
Because there are two years remaining on McCann’s deal, a team looking to wait another year for their strongest postseason push are candidates as well.
The lone fear we may have right now is that we’re completely wrong about what’s next. What if it’s not McCann getting traded. What if they deal Nido instead? He’d have more value. A team with bullpen depth might be able to offer the Mets a credible piece in return. Trading McCann is for the purpose of dumping salary/clearing roster space. Have we let our imaginations run wild?
Mets fans will stay glued to their Twitter refresh buttons until something budges. The 40-man roster is now overflowing. Stay tuned for updates and have a champagne bottle handy, just in case.