Mets, catcher James McCann closing in on four-year contract, per report

After weeks of courting via the MLB rumor mill, a deal is reportedly close to getting finished between the Mets and free agent catcher James McCann. McCann is nearing a four-year deal with New York, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. McCann, 30, hit .289/.360/.536 (144 OPS+) with seven homers and 15 RBI in 31 games last season for […]

This is why teams are really eyeing McCann

In a catching landscape short on hitters, free agent James McCann’s bat alone would be enough to garner plenty of looks this winter. Never much of a threat over his first five seasons, McCann’s offense came alive after he signed with the White Sox prior to 2019: he’s been a top-five offensive backstop since then, […]

Time for Yankees to move on from Gary Sanchez

If Gary Sanchez gets dumped by the Yankees and rediscovers his 2016-17 mojo elsewhere next season, the team that discovered and developed him must conduct an internal audit to discover why and how this prodigious talent lost his way in The Bronx. But if the Yankees keep their human click bait behind the plate and […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 catchers

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. We’ve looked at the infielders and the outfielders, […]

Should the Yankees be concerned about the catcher position this spring?

The New York Yankees have addressed the catcher this offseason by means of quantity and not quality. Having brought in two additional catchers to compete with Kyle Higashioka, the consensus is that manager Aaron Boone and Co. aren’t sold on the reserve option backing up Gary Sanchez. The inevitable truth is that Sanchez’s injury history has forced […]

Roberto Pérez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best catchers

In 2016, Yasmani Grandal received an MVP vote from Travis Sawchik for his advanced defensive metrics, yet even in 2019, we do not give catchers their full due. As defensive metrics for catchers become more prominent, it has become easier to understand just how valuable certain backstops are to certain teams. We can now quantify […]

2019 Top College Baseball Draft Prospects: Catchers

By Noah Gatsik and Harris Yudin Over the next month leading up to the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Baseball Info Solutions will be publishing a series of position-by-position scouting reports from our Video Scouts for the top-50 collegiate draft prospects. Each player is graded by the 20-80 scouting scale, given a comprehensive evaluation, and assigned […]

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