Bill Madden: Pump the brakes on idea of Mets, Yankees as outrageous spenders this winter

NEW YORK — Baseball’s silly season has begun. If you want to believe all the media pundits, new owner Steve Cohen is going to go on a massive spending spree for free agents and the Mets and Yankees are the leading contenders in the trade bidding for Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor.As for the former, now that he’s officially cleaned house of Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets front office and turned over the baseball operations to Sandy Alderson, sources close to Cohen say his intentions of loading up on premium free agents are greatly exaggerated.On the trade market, Lindor — both in the cost of t…

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