The Mets could consider Michael Morse

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets could consider bringing in Michael Morse. This would be a fallback, one assumes, given that one of their top targets, Michael Cuddyer, would now cost them a draft pick to sign.

But it may not really fill that corner outfield hole the way the Mets want to. Morse, especially at 32, is not a great bet to be an everyday outfielder. Or at least not a good one. He’s better served to play some first base or to platoon. Or, possibly, to DH for an AL team.

I know the outfield is ever-shrinking in Citi Field, but there is still a lot of ground to cover out there and the Mets will still be built around their young pitching. And young pitching needs guys who can pick it.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.