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.
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.