Rob Manfred thinks the Mets will spend money when “it is their judgment that it is effective”

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The Mets have a promising young pitching staff and a handful of good position players. While the Nationals seem to be the clear favorite in the NL East, the Mets could be wild card contenders given both the Braves and Phillies rebuilding and given that the Marlins, while on the rise, may not be ready to really take the leap yet. If the Mets could fill a couple of holes, they could be a pretty frisky team!

But they haven’t filled holes this offseason. They signed Michael Cuddyer and . . . well, nothing much else. This despite the fact that the team claimed it was going to be “aggressive” early in the offseason. Most Mets fans I talk to just nod their heads sadly at all of this, never expecting much else under the Wilpons. Owners who, because of their personal financial problems, have refused to run the Mets as if they are a big market team.

New commissioner Rob Manfred is not concerned, however. He tells ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that the Mets will totally spend money. When they think time is right:

“For a whole host of reasons, it’s really not my position to predict when I think they need to spend,” Manfred said during a visit last week to ESPN’s campus. “I have had ongoing, numerous conversations with both ownership and Sandy [Alderson] about the Mets’ situation. … I think at the point in time that it is their judgment that it is effective to increase their payroll, they’ll do that, and they will have the capacity to do it . . . I have never had a question about the Mets’ capacity to spend if they decided it was in their baseball interest to spend money. I really don’t believe that’s an issue.”

And Mets fans nod some more.

White Sox sign José Abreu to a three-year contract extension

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Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.

Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.

Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.