The Mets had a very productive day yesterday, finalizing a four-year deal with catcher James McCann and hiring a new general manager in Jared Porter. McCann spent the last two years with the White Sox after spending the first five years of his major league career with the Tigers. Here’s what people had to say about the signing:
- Greg Prince writes about the Mets’ Age of McCann, reflecting on Mets catchers of years past along the way.
- Joel Sherman wonders if the Mets’ signings of Trevor May and James McCann are indicative of not just a pair of good moves but an overall strategy for free agency, though he says he still thinks they’ll sign George Springer.
- Tim Britton wrote about what McCann brings to the Mets as a hitter and his apparent massive improvement this year when it came to pitch framing.
- Marcus Stroman is excited to work with McCann and says he’s heard “nothing but unbelievable things” about him.
- Jeff McNeil, who was teammates with McCann as a child, congratulated him on joining the Mets.
- The Mets have their catcher, writes Mike Puma.
- Justin Toscano writes about what the McCann signing means for the Mets, both in terms of the decision to sign him and not J.T. Realmuto and the rest of their course in free agency this winter.
- Even the New York Times wrote about the Mets because of their big day.
- Matt Kelly of MLB.com wrote about McCann’s defensive improvement as a big reason why the Mets wanted him.