Sandy Alderson is not expected to pursue free agent 2B Robinson Cano or 1B Jose Abreu, reports Andy Martino of the Daily News, citing major league sources familiar with the team’s thinking.
A high-ranking team official recently told The Star-Ledger’s Jorge Castillo that Alderson’s scouts came away “impressed” with Abreu’s power.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
No to Cano should be of zero surprise to anyone listening to Alderson over the last few years. Cano reportedly started negotiations with the Yankees at 10 years and $300 million during talks earlier this year, which is laughable and something no team should consider.
In regards to Abreu, the more I think about it, the less sense it makes to bet 10 percent of the budget on a position the Mets can already gamble on with Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, Josh Satin and even Daniel Murphy or Wilmer Flores. It’s becoming clear that the Giants, Rangers and Marlins are the teams likely to bid the most for Abreu, with most teams backing off because scouts continue to label him a one-dimensional player. I’ve had two baseball operations people say he’s capable of hitting 20 to 30 home runs in Citi Field, but he’s not likely to do much else.
In short, no one I’ve talked to thinks he’ll be as dynamic as Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig, even though — thanks to the hype — Abreu could end up being paid the most of the three.
At this stage of the game, I’d rather see the Mets use that money on a more known commodity than gamble on someone who may or may not solve one specific problem at a position they can mostly cover.
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