The free agent catcher doesn’t seem to agree though, as his agent recently suggested that Soto’s re-signing wouldn’t be a problem that would hold McCann up in signing with the Rangers:
The McCann camp, though, hasn’t crossed the Rangers off his list of landing spots.
“I don’t think we’re willing to concede organization or any team because it’s so early,” said B.B. Abbott, McCann’s agent at Florida-based Jet Sports Management.
“The Soto signing certainly doesn’t affect Brian’s thinking at this point. If the Rangers were to come calling, I don’t think it would be a factor.”
With the designated hitter slot (and first base) in addition to catcher, the Rangers wouldn’t have a difficult time getting both McCann and Soto into the lineup together quite often, so there’s little reason to suggest that Soto returning to the Rangers would create a problem for the Rangers or McCann’s desire to potentially sign there.
Of course, the Rangers figure to be one of the higher bidders for McCann, so he and his agent certainly don’t want to lose any contractual leverage by excluding the Rangers this early either.