- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/13/1990 (29)
Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann could be trade bait this offseason as the team looks to strengthen their bullpen. McCann, who was a first-time All-Star in 2019, is more expendable after the Pale Hose signed catcher Yasmani Grandal and first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion off the free-agent market. Grandal will be the primary catcher, meaning McCann will have limited playing time if he stays on the roster. The 29-year-old hit 18 home runs and drove in 60 runs for a .789 OPS in 118 games. McCann hit .316 with an .873 OPS in the first half but slumped in the second half, hitting .226 with a .694 OPS. The writing seems to be on the wall, though, for McCann to go elsewhere this offseason. It'd be good news for his fantasy outlook as well with more playing time on another team.
The Chicago White Sox avoided arbitration with catcher James McCann on Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.4 million deal, according to sources. McCann was excellent for the Pale Hose last season, hitting .273/.328/.460 with 18 home runs, 62 runs scored and 60 RBI in 439 at-bats as the primary backstop. He earned his first All-Star nod as a result. Unfortunately for McCann, the White Sox signed Yasmani Grandal to be their No. 1 catcher in 2020 and beyond, so he'll be stuck in backup duties next year. That'll obviously depress his numbers significantly and limit his fantasy potential.
Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins. This is a routine day off for McCann, so he should be back in the lineup next game. Welington Castillo will draw the start behind the plate and bat eighth versus righty Jake Odorizzi. Castillo is not a reliable fantasy option, especially for this contest.