Following the San Francisco Giants’ exchange of Carlos Correa for the New York Mets, the Mets have taken action. The Mets have finally reached an agreement to trade for James McCann after a protracted search.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, McCann has been traded from the Mets to the Baltimore Orioles. Will Sammon of The Athletic reports that a player who will be announced later will return to New York.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles intend to employ McCann as their backup catcher to Adley Rutschman, who was previously selected first overall. The former All-Star will also be given opportunities to practice as a designated hitter by Baltimore.
The Mets have already spent about a billion dollars on free agents prior to this move. McCann’s tenure in New York came to an end when the Mets hired catcher Omar Narvaez to a one-year deal with an option for another year.
The surprising acquisition of Carlos Correa by New York has been the most significant development. After his contract with the Giants fell through owing to injury concerns, Correa joined the Mets.
A reunion with a former teammate is now impossible for McCann because of his trade. At the Winter Meetings, the Mets acquired ace pitcher Justin Verlander. For a while, Verlander and McCann were teammates for the Detroit Tigers.
In 2018, McCann joined the Chicago White Sox, an AL Central opponent of the Tigers. In the South Side, the 32-year-old was named an All-Star, and in 2020, the Mets signed him to a four-year, $40.6 million contract.
McCann will try to get back into shape in Baltimore while supporting Rutschman’s growth. He will also try to provide the Orioles, a young squad that greatly exceeded expectations last year, with a veteran presence.