The New York Mets have reportedly signed James McCann to a four-year deal worth north of $40 million. The Mets were in need of a new backstop for 2021 after declining to bring back Wilson Ramos.
McCann, 30, broke out offensively during his two-year stint with the Chicago White Sox. Over his 587 plate appearances of 2019-2020 (149 games), he slashed .276/.334/.474 with 25 homers, 82 runs, 75 RBI, and 5 stolen bases. McCann is one of only 12 backstops to have eclipsed 550 PA over the last two seasons, and the only “knock” on him right now is the .355 BABIP he has enjoyed over this two-year stretch.
He has batted .273 and .289 in his recent seasons, but his expected marks are .259 and .258 for his last two seasons. Even if the BABIP comes back down to earth a bit, McCann should still be a quality catcher in fantasy baseball leagues. He’s the 12th backstop off the board per NFBC ADP, around pick 220.