Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and owner Jeff Wilpon met with Robinson Cano's representatives, Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez, for dinner last night in what the NY Post called a "secret meeting" about the second baseman. Of course, it's not so secret anymore.
The Mets do have money to spend this winter, but they have many more needs than even the Yankees. The intention of joining Van Wagenen and Perez for dinner last night was to get more acquainted with Jay Z's representation, and perhaps open up the door for future free agents. Of course, the free food didn't hurt either.
But the Mets have little chance of signing the biggest agent this offseason. Cano is reportedly still asking for a 10 year $300 million deal, and the Mets are still reluctant to give out anything over $100 million. Quite obviously, this "secret meeting" was supposed to be leaked to the media to get the Yankees a little worried about losing out on their top free agent target.
The Yankees aren't taking the bait. Today, Randy Levine told the media that the organization has nothing to talk about to Cano's side until they lower their ridiculous asking price. If anything, this move to use the Mets, of all teams, comes off as somewhat desperate. At the moment the only reasonable threat for Cano this winter is the Tigers, and Detroit has already shown signs that they want to cut their own budget by trading Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello.