CHICAGO - James McCann had a career year in 2019 with the White Sox.
He'll have to adapt to a new role in 2020 because of the team's acquisition of fellow catcher Yasmani Grandal, but he's still part of the Sox's plans.
McCann and the club avoided arbitration, agreeing Monday to a one-year, $5.4 million deal for 2020. He'll be a free agent after the 2020 season.
The McCann signing comes less than two weeks after the Sox signed Grandal to a four-year, $73 million contract, the largest in team history, on Nov. 21.
"Having too many guys who are quality big leaguers is a good thing, not something we view as a problem," general manager Rick Hahn said of Grandal and McCann on Nov. 21.
On Monday the Sox also tendered contracts to arbitration-eligible outfielder/infielder Leury Garcia, starting pitcher Carlos Rodon and relievers Alex Colome and Evan Marshall.
The Sox non-tendered second baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Last week, they reportedly placed Sanchez on outright waivers. The Gold Glove winner was projected to earn $6.2 million in arbitration, according to mlbtraderumors.com.
The Sox also announced they declined to tender contracts to pitchers Ryan Burr and Caleb Frare and released pitcher Thyago Vieira so he can pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.
McCann, 29, had a career-high 476 plate appearances this year, but that number may shrink in 2020 with Grandal in the catching mix.
The Sox could also use McCann at designated hitter as part of a rotation with Grandal, Jose Abreu and Zack Collins.
"The addition of a catcher of (Grandal's) caliber along with Mac, who has certainly helped us move some of these guys along in a very, very positive way, bodes well for us," Sox manager Rick Renteria said last week.
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McCann reached career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (60) and made the All-Star team for the first time in his career in 2019. He became the Sox first All-Star catcher since A.J. Pierzynski in 2006.
McCann had a .273/.328/.460 slash line. He had a .316 batting average in the first half but hit only .226 after the All-Star break.
McCann also played an instrumental role in the development of the young pitching staff, including ace Lucas Giolito.
"The game planning, everything he brings to this team is amazing," Giolito said of McCann on June 30.
Colome, who finished tied for fourth in the American League with 30 saves, went 4-5 with a 2.80 ERA in 62 appearances. He had 55 strikeouts and 23 walks in 61 innings. Colome held opposing batters to a .191 average for the season, but it was .265 after the All-Star break.
The closer is projected by mlbtraderumors.com to earn $10.3 million in arbitration.
The projection for Garcia is $4 million. Garcia had a .279/.310/.378 slash line with 27 doubles, eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 140 games. He provides versatility with the ability to play almost everywhere. Garcia started at least one game at second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions in 2019.
Garcia could be in line to take over for Sanchez at second base until prospect Nick Madrigal is ready.
Rodon went 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in May. The 2014 first-round draft pick is projected to earn $4.5 million. The Sox are pursuing at least one starting pitcher this offseason, and with Michael Kopech also coming back from Tommy John surgery, it will be interesting to see Rodon's role once he is ready to return.
Marshall, who is projected to earn $1.3 million, joined Colome and Aaron Bummer in stabilizing the back end of the bullpen. The reliever went 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 19 holds in 55 appearances. He had 41 strikeouts and 24 walks in 50 2/3 innings.
With Monday's moves, the Sox's 40-man roster is at 36.
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