New York Mets owner Steve Cohen wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to turn the team into a playoff contender immediately.
The club has been linked to a number of free agents this offseason, and after lengthy negotiations, it appears one player has signed on for the 2021 campaign and beyond.
The Mets have reportedly signed All-Star catcher James McCann to a four-year deal worth more than $40 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The $40 million-plus James McCann is getting is just a touch over 40 and includes a signing bonus, per sources. Two years after being nontendered by Detroit, McCann gets a long deal — in the last seven years, Yasmani Grandal is the only other catcher to get four — at $10M per.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2020
McCann was widely regarded as the second-best catcher on the free-agent market behind J.T. Realmuto. The 30-year-old enjoyed a career year in 2020 after moving from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago White Sox in 2019, batting .289 with seven home runs and 15 RBI during the pandemic-shortened campaign.
The Mets were in need of a starting catcher after declining Wilson Ramos’ 2021 option.
McCann marks the second notable offseason signing by the Mets, who also signed reliever Trevor May to a two-year deal.
New York also is reportedly targeting All-Star outfielder George Springer, Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer and right-hander Jake Odorizzi.