5. James McCann
James McCann found himself without a contract after the non-tender date. If the Milwaukee Brewers want to add a younger option than Erik Kratz to their roster or if they miss out on the top targets, McCann may make sense. He only earned $2.35 million last year, and may agree to a backup role, or add competition to Spring Training.
McCann appeared in 118 games with the Detroit Tigers in 2018. He posted an anemic .220/.267/.314 slash line with eight homers and 5.7% walk rate. However, it came with a .282 BABIP and a line drive rate over 22%. McCann’s career BABIP is almost 20 points higher than what he posted last year, and his line drive rate indicates that he made good contact.
McCann also grades out very favorably as a defender, and would provide a boost behind the dish over the current options.
McCann also posted a .253/.318/.415 slash line with 13 homers in 2017. Those numbers combined with his skill behind the dish make McCann an intriguing option for the Milwaukee Brewers if they miss out on the top targets.
He’s only 28 years old, has a season of control beyond 2019, and has skills that make sense for the Milwaukee Brewers current roster. He could work as a backup or if the Brewers miss out on any of the bigger names, but he’s not an obvious upgrade.