Milwaukee Brewers: Other Position Player Trade Targets

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JUNE 25: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles runs against the San Diego Padres at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JUNE 25: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles runs against the San Diego Padres at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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The position the Milwaukee Brewers are least likely to explore at this year’s deadline is catcher. There is, however, a catcher worth mentioning here.

James McCann, RHB, Chicago White Sox

James McCann has been a stellar defender at catcher for several years running,  but never had the bat to justify being a regular every day player. This year, however, he’s been very good at the plate.

McCann is posting career bests in virtually every offensive category in 2019. His slash line stands at .293/.347/.479. He showed some flashes of power in 2017, but was not the complete offensive player he’s been so far this season. His success is being fueled by a BABIP (.384) that well exceeds his career average (.310) though. This does suggest some major regression is coming in the second half of the season.

Defensively, McCann has been great. He’s thrown out 16 of the 40 runners attempting to steal against him. His other defensive metrics grade out pretty good as well.

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McCann is inexpensive and under control through 2021. Given that he’s likely having a career year, it would make a lot of sense for the White Sox to cash out on him while he’s at peak value.

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