Jeff Passan reports that the White Sox have signed James McCann. The details of the contract — term, money — is not yet available, and the deal is pending a physical.
McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month and figured to be Welington Castillo‘s backup on the South Side. McCann, who for a time was poised to be the Tigers’ long-term starting catcher, took a big step backward with the bat last year batting .220/.267/.314 with eight homers.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.