Mets places James McCann on IL with oblique injury

Mets manager Buck Showalter has briefed reporters, including MLB.com’s Anthony DiComothis eye-catcher James McCann is placed on the 10-day injured list for an oblique injury. fellow catcher Patrick Mazeika will be called back to take his place on the active list. Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News Relay that Showalter said McCann will be out for more than the ten day minimum.

After two strong seasons with the White Sox in 2019 and 2020, the Mets signed McCann to a four-year, $40.6 million contract for the 2021 season. Unfortunately for both parties, things haven’t gone according to plan since then. McCann broke down to a .232/.294/.349 line last year and produced a wRC+ of 80. This year he was sidelined with a fractured hamate and now this oblique injury, limiting him to just 30 games so far this season . In that time he’s only hit .183/.250/.293 for a wRC+ of 60.

With McCann missing a lot of time, this has led to increased action Tomas Nido and Mazeika, with both players struggling to capitalize on the opportunity. Nido scores 0.221/0.264/0.248 in 52 matches for a wRC+ of just 52. Mazeika has competed in 17 competitions and has scored just 0.167/0.200/0.292 for a wRC+ of 41.

The Mets have been one of baseball’s best teams this year and currently lead the NL East with a record of 53-32. With the August 2 trading deadline just over three weeks away, Catcher stands out as an area with room for improvement, especially if McCann is out for a while. While no specific timeline was given, the fact that the Mets immediately expect him to be gone longer than 10 days suggests he could face an extended absence.

The MLBTR list of top traders included two catchers, with Willson Contreras Take #1 place and Sean Murphy at #41. However, recent reports suggest that the Mets would like to hold on to their top prospect and would rather do business by accepting big contracts. Contreras is a rental-only but the Cubs will certainly be looking to attract as much potential capital as possible to help them return to competition in the years to come. You have a lower payroll than in recent years and you don’t have to worry about cost savings. As for Murphy, he hasn’t even reached arbitration yet and would only be moved by the A’s if they were overwhelmed by the return package and then turn to the prospect Shea Langeliers behind the bowl.

Another wild that could come into play is Met’s catch prospect Francisco Alvarez. He’s one of the top contenders in the game, with Baseball America at #10, FanGraphs at #6, and MLB Pipeline at #2. He started the season in the Double-A at just 20 years old, making his way with 18 home runs and a line of .277/.368/.553 for a wRC+ of 148. He was recently promoted to Triple-A but has struggled in a tiny five-game sample, hitting .125/.286/.188. Already, many Mets fans are clamoring for his promotion, and those calls will only get louder if McCann doesn’t stay in action and the club can’t find a suitable replacement in the trade market.

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