Mets' James McCann ready to get to work with Jacob deGrom: 'I need to get on his page'

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James McCann speaks during Zoom newser at Spring Training
James McCann speaks during Zoom newser at Spring Training

Mets catcher James McCann has arrived in Florida for spring training. While he hasn't yet been on the field with any of the pitchers, he's ready to get down to the business of learning what makes them tick.

And the relationship McCann builds with Jacob deGrom will be especially important.

"I think that Jake is a phenomenal pitcher. I think that he's gonna rank up there with some of the best that I've ever caught," McCann told reporters on Tuesday via Zoom. "And I think that the pressure really for me is to get onto his page.

"He's a guy that has found success and sustained success at that. It's my job to come in and figure out how I can make him happy, figure out how to best make him who he is. He's not a guy that I'm gonna come in and try and change or try and do something different with. It's a guy that I need to get on his page."

McCann spoke with deGrom during the offseason and again on Tuesday, and is ready to pepper him with questions as the two build a rapport.

"The best way to do that is to catch him and get know him," McCann said about getting on the same page with deGrom. "I'm really looking forward to learning from him as well, because he's obviously mastered a craft that few can master.

"We communicated a little bit in the offseason and we actually had some good conversations today. Just kind of talking about what he likes to do, what his approach is, and really just -- me trying to get on his page probably means that I'm gonna ask him a lot of questions, probably to the point where he gets annoyed by it. The little bit that I have dealt with him, I know that he's kind of a no funny business type guy. So I'm sure my questions will eventually annoy him. But it's just gonna be me trying to figure him out."

Asked what the Mets' biggest strength is this season, McCann didn't want to pick one specific area.

"I really like our rotation," he said. "I think you look from top to bottom, there's a lot of strengths. Our lineup, there's a lot of depth there. I don't want to pick out one particular thing. I think this club, really honestly, is built to do a lot of things really well."

Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training on Wednesday.