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White Sox Notebook: McCann Suitors, Adiós Great Falls

The White Sox bid farewell to Great Falls, and probably James McCann as his list of reported suitors grows.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Monday morning that the league-wide roster movement is forecasted to increase later this week after the non-tender deadline for arbitration-eligible players passes on Wednesday evening, and his colleague at MLB Network, Jon Heyman, reported that catcher James McCann is drawing plenty of interest on the open market this week.

Heyman reported that the New York Yankees, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, and of course the White Sox, have been in contact with the veteran backstop.

If the Philadelphia Phillies lose catcher J.T. Realmuto to another team through free-agency, they would also be interested in acquiring McCann’s services this winter according to Heyman.

With McCann receiving plenty of interest already, the slim chance that he would return to Chicago in 2021 is now all but non-existent, meaning the White Sox will need to either fill the void behind Yasmani Grandal this winter or hand the backup job to 2016 first-rounder Zack Collins.

Speaking of Wednesday’s non-tender deadline, you can familiarize yourself with the seven White Sox players eligible for arbitration in our non-tender deadline preview from Monday morning.

Adiós, Great Falls!

After 17 years as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Great Falls Voyagers will no longer be affiliated with the White Sox as a result of Major League Baseball’s ongoing restructuring of the minor league landscape.

On Monday morning MLB announced in a press release that the home of the Voyagers, the Pioneer League, will join the Atlantic League, the American Association, and the Frontier League as an MLB Partner League, ending the minor league affiliation between its clubs and their respective major league affiliates.

The Voyagers posted a 672-611 record along with three titles (2008, 2011, 2018) while a part of the White Sox system. Prior to their affiliation with the White Sox (2003-2020) the Voyagers were a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ affiliate system.

MLB Draft Prospect League

Major League Baseball also announced a new MLB Draft Prospect League on Monday morning via press release.

According to JJ Cooper of Baseball America, the prospect league will likely run from late-May to mid-August.

Featured Photo: Rion Sanders / Great Falls Tribune


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