Mets don’t view Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada as realistic option “given their budget”


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Because of his age and lack of experience in a professional league, Moncada is subject to Major League Baseball’s international signing regulations — meaning the team that ultimately lands him will also have to shell out a ton of money in penalties. He’s expected to command a bonus in the $30-40 million range, and the total expenditure could climb near $80 million. That would shatter the previous record for an amateur player.

Moncada recently held private workouts with the Yankees and the Giants, and the Red Sox and Dodgers are also thought to be in serious pursuit of the 19-year-old infielder. Those teams have much looser purse strings than the Mets, who have been busy charging their own players to attend offseason workouts.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.