Chicago White Sox

Long term relationship with White Sox sounds good to James McCann

Non-tendered by the Tigers last offseason and signed to a $2.5 million deal, McCann has been one of the Sox’ most pleasant surprises over their first 42 games, especially considering the numbers he put up in 2018.

His clubhouse presence, preparation and work with pitchers were noticed immediately, and his offense — to the tune of a .366/.404/.581 hitting line — have had fans calling for more McCann time, especially with Welington Castillo struggling at .186/.313/.357 while earning $7.25 million in what figures to be his last season with the Sox.

First-round catching prospect Zack Collins is knocking at the door at Class AAA Charlotte, batting .256/.370/.581 with seven homers while also playing first base and still working out defensive kinks behind the plate, and a complement will be needed after he’s called up beyond this season.

Lucas Giolito and Carlos Rodon, to name two, give McCann high marks for handling them, especially in pitch calling.

McCann knows where his heart is, and it’s firmly with the Sox after playing eight years in the organization that drafted and signed him.

“The only think I know is when the non-tender deadline passed the White Sox were on the phone almost immediately with my agent, and they made it clear I was wanted,’’ he said.

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