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Mets' James McCann ready for chemistry test with Jacob deGrom


James McCann’s first opportunity to handle his new pitchers will come Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but the brainstorming sessions are already underway.


McCann, who arrived to the Mets in December on a four-year contract worth $40.6 million, spent three seasons catching Justin Verlander with the Tigers, so he can boast of already handling one potential Hall of Fame pitcher.


Ramos, known more for his bat than defense when he arrived to the Mets before the 2019 season, fell into early disfavor with deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, to the point both began requesting alternatives behind the plate for their starts.


Mets president Sandy Alderson had early discussions with Realmuto’s camp, but decided there was too much risk in waiting for the All-Star catcher and signed McCann.


Now playing in perhaps baseball’s toughest division, McCann welcomes the challenge, as part of a lineup that includes Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso.


Within the division, the Braves, Nationals and Marlins have all reached the postseason in the last two years, and the Mets might be the most improved team following Steve Cohen’s purchase of the club.






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