2) NY Mets can trade a catcher to the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros seem far too wise than to take on McCann. Or maybe they’re being incredibly intelligent. Any trade involving McCann is all about the money. Whether they land him and pay the entire salary without giving up a thing or get the Mets to pick up a portion of the bill, it does have the makings of a potentially strong trade as long as it works out.
The Astros have deployed many weak-hitting catchers in recent seasons. Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro are two of the mainstays. With Willson Contreras off the board and Christian Vazquez gone, could they look toward McCann rebounding at the plate with them?
At the very least, McCann can play defense.
3) NY Mets can trade a catcher to the Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays seem like a spot for Nido to land much more than McCann. In exchange for another pitcher, it’s the kind of deal that makes too much sense to not explore.
The Rays are a pitching development factory who have some underwhelming catcher options for next season. Mike Zunino last left for the Cleveland Guardians, creating one hole on the roster. They do have other guys and it’s debatable if Nido is even an upgrade.
File the Rays in the “maybe” pile. The Mets have made trades with them in the recent past. The two can help each other out.