It's no Bryce Harper or Manny Machado splash, but the White Sox reportedly made a rather substantial move on Friday.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox and former Tigers catcher James McCann have agreed upon a deal. The move is pending a physical.
Catcher James McCann and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a deal, pending a physical, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 14, 2018
Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that the deal is for $2.5 million, while The Athletic's James Fegan said it is for one-year.
Per source, also hearing White Sox deal with James McCann is for one year pending physical. @JeffPassan reported it first
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) December 14, 2018
McCann, 28, made his MLB debut in 2014 and has spent his entire MLB career with the Tigers. He is a career .240 hitter and posted a slash line of .220/.267/.314 in 118 games/427 at-bats with the Tigers in 2018. While he hit just eight home runs, McCann reached double digits in 2016 (12) and 2017 (13).
Offensive numbers aside, McCann is a solid defensive catcher. Since 2015, he has ranked third or better in the American League in throwing out runners, finishing second in 2016-18.
McCann's 36.8 caught stealing percentage is third best by active catchers in MLB, only trailing Yadier Molina (40.7 percent) and Martin Maldonado (37.6).
Adding McCann helps the White Sox bolster their catching depth for 2019. This offseason has seen the team lose Kevan Smith to the Angels on waivers and Omar Narvaez in a trade with the Mariners that netted potential-closer Alex Colomé.