On Monday, a report surfaced that New York Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano could be interested in joining the New York Mets. In fact, Mets’ brass, COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco , had dinner with Cano’s representatives, including Jay-Z.
“I had said last week that I didn’t foresee contracts in the $100 million range for the Mets this offseason,” Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I think that statement still pertains. On the other hand, we are committed to improving the team. And we will explore whatever possibilities arise, however remote the eventual outcome.”
The Mets would surely love to steal the Yankees’ best player, but as Alderson admits, they are no financial position to do so. This is likely nothing more than a bargaining tactic and the Mets seem to know as much.
“It was a well-prepared presentation designed to sell us and presumably other teams on Cano’s value,” Alderson said. “We certainly have a high regard for Robinson Cano as a player. So in that sense, the presentation was a little bit overdone.”
“But, again, it was a very preliminary meeting. They’re having, or hope to have, preliminary meetings with a number of different teams.”