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Mets trade James McCann to Orioles, sign infielder Danny Mendick, source says

The New York Mets announced they had traded catcher James McCann to the Baltimore Orioles and signed infielder Danny Mendick to a one-year, $1 million major league deal on Wednesday, sources told ESPN. .

The Mets will send $19 million of McCann’s remaining $24.3 million contract to the Orioles and receive the future pick. The deal will save the Mets more than $5 million in cash and $650,000 annually over the next two years toward the team’s competitive balanced tax payroll.

New York joined a 40-man roster with three catchers, McCann, Thomas Nido and top prospect Francisco Alvarez, and signed free-agent catcher Omar Narvaez.

McCann, 32, batted .195/.282/.282 in 61 games and is coming to the end of a season in which he struggled and lost his starting role. He had his two separate stints on his injured list in 2022 due to a strain on his left oblique and a fracture of the capitate bone in his left hand. In New York he spent 2 his seasons and in 4 years he signed a $40.6 million deal McCann, Chicago White was selected to the team and achieved a .289/.360/.536 batting average. 2020 season shortened due to coronavirus.

Baltimore plans to use McCann in about half the games this season, especially against left-handed pitching, as starter Adley Lutschman is already a star with less than one season of service time. McCann has had 78 homers and 316 RBIs in 783 games over nine seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2014-2018), White Sox (2019-2020) and Mets (2021-2022). He’s a hitter with a .243/.296/.380 batting average. ). He threw out his 24% (8 of 34) of potential base stealers this year.

After being selected in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft, Mendik, 29, was unbid by the White Sox after spending his entire professional career with them. He has 3 homers and 15 RBIs. Mendik has played as a second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and both corner outfielders.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.