Mets sign James McCann

The wait is finally over. The New York Mets and catcher James McCann have come to terms on a deal. McCann will make roughly $40M over the next four years. While the deal is still pending a physical, the catcher is now signed.

McCann will join Trevor May and Sam McWilliams as the newest signees under the ownership of Steve Cohen. This will of course kill all chances of Realmuto joining the team anytime in the near future.

The defensive stud has also shown strides of improvement in the batters box the last few years. According to Mathew Brownstein of Metsmerized, McCann’s hard hit percentage has jumped up drastically.

In 2017, McCann had a hard hit percentage of 34.5%, in 2020 its jumped up more than 13% with a 47.8% hard hit percentage showing that he’s barreling up on the baseball.

Overall McCann is coming off a great season in 2020. He hit .289/.360/.536 (896OPS) and 144 OPS+. These are great numbers for a catcher who provide solid defense. McCann has also improved mightly in framing over the last season, something he struggled with in 2019.

Getting McCann is a major upgrade and the cost isn’t as much. This means other big name free agents can be had. Great move.

Source: Ken Rosenthal

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Mets one of the teams showing interest in James McCann

John Heyman reported today that the Mets, Yankees, Cardinals, White Sox and Angels are showing interest in free agent catcher James McCann. Obviously an unsurprising report, considering the Mets catching need. The Phillies are believed to be in the mix, if they are out on Realmuto. Which could also be the case for the Mets and other teams.

McCann has been well documented on MetsJunkies as a main guy to be targeted by the Mets. He has always been a good defender, but has improved mightly with the bat over the last two seasons. Behind Realmuto he is the best catcher avaliable on the market. The White Sox do like McCann but there is no way, he would take a back-up role.

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Also read: What will it take to get Realmuto?

Free Agent Target: Alex Colome

Alex Colome is a name that has circulated throughout the Mets community in the past and rightfully so. The right handed reliever has had a spectacular eight year career until this point, so I’m surprised that MLBTR has Colome returning to the White Sox for $6M on a one year pact.

MetNews put out a figure that makes a little more sense with a predicted deal at $36M for three years, but I’d probably meet in between the two. I think $20-22M would be sufficient enough to lock him down through the 2022 season.

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In eight seasons, Colome appeared in 326 games and owns a 28-23 record while posting a 2.95 ERA. In the 424 innings that he’s pitched, Colome has struck out a solid 385 batters while keeping runners off base with a 1.17 WHIP. Not to mention the 138 saves he has under his belt, 47 of which came in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

But in order to acquire Colome, the Mets would more than likely need to deal one of the right-handed relievers they already have in stock. Dellin Betances just exercised his option for the 2021 season as did veteran reliever Brad Brach. With both pitchers having underwhelming seasons, they might not be easy to unload.

Also read: What will it take to get Realmuto?

Back to Colome, there is a bit of downside in his numbers that need to be acknowledged. MLBTR has pointed out that the righty was in the bottom 2% in pertains to average exit velocity during the 2019 campaign.

These numbers provided by StatCast however didn’t translate into his performance during the 2020 season as he owned a 0.81 ERA in 21 games while also earning 12 saves. There isn’t a bullpen in the Majors that wouldn’t take those numbers, but the cost has to be right. Especially with a Mets squad that has been burned by bad relievers in the past.

Also read: Free agent target: Brandon Kintzler

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Is Yadier Molina a fit in Flushing?

The BNNY crew over at SNY came together and spoke about if the Mets should sign catcher Yadier Molina. And while we know that many fans want a player like JT Realmuto, James McCann, or even Salvador Perez, Molina is a clear option for the most obvious of reasons.

Molina is a 9x All-Star as well as a 9x Gold Glove winner and 4x Platinum Glove winner that handles a pitching staff incredibly well. The scrappy Puerto Rican catcher has always been a grinder and is a determined winner, sounds like something the Mets could use as new ownership takes over.

Also read: Just how important is McNeil

It’s not like Molina had a terrible 2020 campaign (.262/.303/.359/.662) but he’s definitely on a steady decline at 38 years old. So if the Mets do decide to make an acquisition, it may be on a platoon basis, or even a mentor role as a back-up catcher.

I’d imagine he’d take a mentor/back-up catcher role with the St. Louis Cardinals before anyone else, however Steve Cohen’s fat wallet may have the veteran reconsidering all of his options.

If he does come to the Mets, the future Hall of Famer would be a perfect mentor for the likes of Ali Sanchez, young phenom Francisco Alvarez, and even Tomas Nido.

Also read: Giving Stroman a qualifying offer, is a no brainer

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Mets Rumors: Zack Wheeler

Right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler is expected to decline the QO from the New York Mets and explore potential offers from teams like the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. Teams like the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Oakland Athletics were said to be interested in Wheeler during the 2019 trade deadline.

There is another team said to be in the mix and that’s the New York Mets and earlier on during the 2019 season, Wheeler made it clear that he has no intentions on giving the Mets a “hometown discount”.

After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Tuesday Night Matchup: Mets vs White Sox

Will this be the last time Noah Syndergaard suits up for the New York Mets and takes the hill, my guess is no but anything can happen. Syndergaard and the Mets travel over to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a three-game series.

Noah Syndergaard is currently 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, as well as 126 strikeouts in 126.1 innings pitched during this 2019 campaign. However, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.43 ERA while striking out 45 in last last seven starts.

Former prized Washington Nationals prospect Reynoldo Lopez will take the bump for the White Sox at home at Guaranteed Rate Field. Lopez had a rough first half but has pitched to a 1.71 ERA since the All-Star break.

Overall, Lopez is 5-9 with a 5.52 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP while striking out 111 in 119.0 innings pitched.

It’ll be interesting to watch a Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson take on Syndergaard, both infielders have been see the ball well. Moncada, whose been playing third for the Sox has been hitting .296/.321/.704 with three home runs and seven RBI’s over his last seven games.

The 26-year old shortstop Tim Anderson has been hitting .333/.333/.533 with one home runs and five RBI’s over his last seven.

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has been crushing the ball lately, the Oregon State product has hit 3 home runs in his last seven games while driving in six. This matchup against Lopez should favor Conforto and may end up being a nice pick on your favorite DFS site.

It’s hard not to acknowledge J.D. Davis and the tear he’s been on, the 26-year old right hander has been hitting .524/.583/.810 over his last seven games. It’s likely that we will see Davis in the D.H. role while on the road against an American League team.

This series is important for the Mets due to the White Sox being a sub-par team and had gon 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mets have been turning it around, going 6-4 in their last 10.

Mets sign a starting pitcher

The Mets and Ervin Santana had agreed to terms on a Minor League deal, pending a physical.

Santana nearly missed the whole 2018 season due to tendon damage to the middle finger of his right hand. After signing with the White Sox this off season, the team released him after 3 poor starts.

From 2015-2017, Santana pitched to a 3.47 ERA with a 7.2 K/9 and was named to the 2017 American League All-Star team. The veteran righty will likely take Wilmer Font’s spot in the rotation.

Santana owns a career record of 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA over the span of 2421.1 innings and 387 games pitched.

Ozzie Guillen on Adam Eaton

Former Major Leaguer, defensive wiz, and manager shared his opinions on Adam Eaton after the incident on Monday night. Guillen, who was the White Sox manager while Eaton and Frazier were both teammates in the south side of Chicago and weighed in on the matter.

The outspoken Ozzie Guillen has this to say, “I can say one thing about it, Eaton, nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform in the clubhouse. Ok… that’s what I know”.

So I’m guessing Adam Eaton isn’t the ideal teammate.