Another Key Mets Player Surprise Addition to Trade Rumors

Adam Taylor McKillop
For the second time this week, a surprising New York Mets player is subject to trade rumors.
For the second time this week, a surprising New York Mets player is subject to trade rumors. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Steve Cohen and the New York Mets have been on a historic spending spree this offseason. After a bitter finish with last year's 101-win team, it's clear the franchise is desperate to take home its first World Series since 1986.

Sometimes, teams operate with an addition-by-subtraction mindset. The thought of the Mets at least exploring that avenue has become clear in the past week. Carlos Carrasco found himself subject to trade rumors earlier this week, and now another key player on the roster is in the same situation.

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According to a recent report from MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates reached out to New York about catcher James McCann. It's unclear to what extent the Mets will entertain the start of these negotiations, but it's a surprising development nonetheless.

McCann suffered a brutal case of the injury bug in 2022 and was only able to suit up for 61 games. The injuries played a major role in his offensive decline, where the veteran backstop slashed a putrid .195/.257/.282. Still, McCann is a former All-Star and has enjoyed three seasons with an OPS of .700 or better.

The trade rumors make sense for one reason, however, and that's the presence of the No. 1 prospect in baseball, Francisco Álvarez. Alvarez got a cup of coffee in the bigs last year but it's still up in the air if New York wants to slot him right into the everyday role yet. It's possible they'd rather him see continued action in Triple-A for a few months before making this move.

McCann's future is something to watch. Even if his performance doesn't fully bounce back, the catching market is always thin around baseball and Cohen could possibly net an enticing return for his veteran backstop.

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