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For about a week prior to James McCann's trade from the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles, rumors were abundant about a potential reunion with the Chicago White Sox. These rumors seemed to center around Mets fans' interest in acquiring closer Liam Hendriks, but the White Sox could benefit from some added depth at the catcher position. And while McCann is now a member of the O's, apparently there was never a chance of him returning to the White Sox.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, McCann had the White Sox blocked as part of his limited no-trade clause.

Hold up here. What? Why would James McCann have the White Sox as one of the five teams that he would block a trade to? After all, his parting message after leaving to sign with the Mets seemed rather heartfelt.

McCann signed a two-year deal with the White Sox in 2019. At the time, the Sox catcher position seemed destined to go to either Zack Collins or Seby Zavala. After McCann arrived on the scene and produced his best season at the Major League level, made his first-ever All-Star appearance, and received praise from the pitching staff, what did the White Sox do?

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They signed Yasmani Grandal to a franchise record contract.

Grandal and McCann split time behind the plate for the White Sox in the shortened 2020 season, with McCann catching 30 games that season. During 2020, McCann continued to put up some respectable numbers in a small sample size during the truncated season. He finished the year slashing .289/.360./.536 with a .896 OPS and parlayed that into a nice payday from the New York Mets the next offseason. Since signing that four-year, $40.6 million deal in The Big Apple, McCann's production hasn't been anywhere near the numbers put up in Chicago.

Is it possible that McCann is still upset the White Sox chose to move on from him while he was playing at the best levels of his baseball career? Maybe. I'm not quite sure how anyone would feel great about their current employer bringing in a replacement while they are performing at the top level of their game.

For what it's worth, you can't blame the White Sox and Rick Hahn for going out and signing Yasmani Grandal. It was — and still is — a win-now move that the White Sox don't make often enough.

But something had to have left a bad taste in McCann's mouth on the way out the door for him to place the White Sox among the five teams he flat-out refused to go to. What exactly the reason is, we may never know. What we do know is that the noise about a deal that would send McCann back to the South Side was apparently nothing more than just rumors.

The real losers in this situation seem to be Mets fans. At this point, it doesn't seem like they will be able to acquire Liam Hendriks now that James McCann is off the board. As if that was happening in the first place.