4) NY Mets can trade a catcher to the Boston Red Sox
Reese McGuire and Connor Wong are the two top options for the Boston Red Sox behind the plate this season. No, thank you. The club is already getting the San Diego Padres to pay for Eric Hosmer. They can afford to take on McCann, hope he gets better, and even offer to save Steve Cohen a few bucks.
Nido also makes some sense for the Red Sox. Chaim Bloom has been cautious about overspending. His caution has led to plenty of angry fans up in New England. The roster doesn’t look competitive.
Either Mets catcher has the potential to be an improvement for the Red Sox. A team caught in between trying to compete without getting good enough, it does make some sense.
5) NY Mets can trade a catcher to the San Diego Padres
A bit lost in the offseason they’ve had of hitting on Xander Bogaerts but missing elsewhere is the need for a catcher upgrade on the San Diego Padres. Austin Nola should be the starter and there’s no debating it. Behind him or alongside him, McCann or Nido makes some sense.
The Mets trading with the Padres would probably be more about the latter taking on some additional responsibility. This is the team that eliminated the Amazins in the postseason. There’s a good chance we run into each other yet again in 2023.
There isn’t desperation for the Padres to acquire a catcher but with Nola as the top option, they should explore it.
Because of how McCann and Nido fit on an MLB roster, there are far more than these five clubs we could see one of them get traded. Neither is a starter, both can get buried as a backup, and each is capable of maybe being a solid platoon partner.
Where will the Mets trade one of their backstops?