For better or worse, New York Mets fans may want to pay attention to what the Chicago White Sox do in 2020.
Which team had the best offseason? It’s not the New York Mets. It’s a team in the American League that now has a lot of guys who could have fit in with the Mets over the last two seasons.
Fortunately, the Mets won’t have to worry about what the White Sox do in 2020—until these two matchup in the World Series. We can dream, right?
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The Mets and White Sox in a similar spot within their giant metropolitan. Each is considered team number two in their respective cities. I think fans on the Southside of Chicago can relate to those in Flushing.
Beyond this, I think Mets fans may want to pay attention to how the White Sox perform in 2020. With any luck, there’s not much regret over missing out on a few key free agents.
Behind the plate, the White Sox will have Yasmani Grandal. The star catcher was a potential option for the Metropolitans before the 2019 season. He ended up on a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers where he out-produced the guy who did end up in orange and blue, Wilson Ramos.
Even this offseason, some held onto hope that Grandal could end up calling Queens home. With the thought that the Mets could trade Ramos somewhere, there were some who wanted to see Brodie Van Wagenen correct what they believed was a mistake from the previous winter. They never did and now Grandal will have a chance to bash some baseballs in the Windy City.
On the mound, the White Sox will have a pair of lefties we all urged the Mets to sign before 2019. Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Keuchel both inked new deals with Chicago over the last few months. After suffering through Jason Vargas in 2018, members of the Flushing Faithful young and old were hoping for an improvement.
Gonzalez pitched well in 2019 but missed a lot of time due to injury. Keuchel famously had to sign with the Atlanta Braves after the MLB Draft. He also performed well and would have been a nice addition to the 2020 team.
Instead, each is now in Chicago.
The White Sox have attacked the free agent market plenty over the past two winters. They gave Manny Machado a big offer last winter before he settled on the San Diego Padres. It has also been rumored that they were the ones who gave Zack Wheeler the biggest offer this winter. He, of course, ended up signing with the Philadelphia Phillies instead.
A championship in 2020 for the White Sox with these players doesn’t necessarily mean the Mets missed out. There are different variables at play.
However, it’s undeniable how many ChiSox there are this season who could have been Metropolitans.
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There aren’t many years where you will find a Mets fan paying attention to anything the White Sox do—unless they have Jose Abreu on their fantasy baseball team. This season, it’s worth a check-in.