Harvey, Staten Island:
I have watched Brian McCann kill the Mets over the years, and I have always liked him as a player. He will only be 30 years old next season, and his bat fits a major need in this team’s lineup. Why is nobody talking about signing him as a first base option like Boston did with Mike Napoli? If I am not mistaken, McCann has played some first base over the years for the Braves. What are your thoughts?
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Napoli signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Red Sox last winter. He is expected to get a three-year contract this time around, probably worth at least $40 million, given what he did for the Sox in 2013. McCann will certainly get offers of at least four years and $60 million. The Rangers, Yankees and Tigers will be heavily involved, so McCann could easily end up with a fifth year guaranteed season, maybe even six, and a contract worth between $80 and $100 million.
Despite working out at the position, McCann has never played a game at first base. There is lots of speculation that he will end up there, but it hasn’t happened yet. The buzz in Atlanta is that he can probably go full-time behind the plate for at least another season or two, but then will need to start transitioning to a new position after that. This is why I don’t think you’ll see many National League teams making big bets on McCann, including the Mets. In the end, he’ll probably want to move to the American League where, when he can no longer be a catcher, the DH can be an option for him.