In early November, the Mets reportedly met with the agents for free-agent 2B Robinson Cano, who is said to be seeking at least a nine-year deal.
The Mets simply used the opportunity to get to know Jay Z’s new talent agency, according to people familiar with the meeting (Rubin).
The Mets told Cano’s agents, before agreeing to meet, that chances of a deal were slim (Rosenthal).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
3:30 pm: I don’t think the Mets only met with Cano’s agents simply for the sake of meeting. There’s a lot of buzz in MLB today that the Yankees have a limit on what they’ll pay him, and they’re more than fine moving on without him. There are people in the Mets front office who feel Cano may get more money in other places. However, when all is said and done, New York is New York and Cano didn’t leave Scott Boras to get lost in Seattle. It’s a long shot, and very, very unlikely he finds a way to Queens. However, if Cano is left choosing between the Mariners and Nationals, for instance, and the Yankees move on because negotiations took too long, maybe the Mets can slip in to offer something worth his time? So, why not take the meeting, right? That is all…
4:00 PM: The Mariners have topped the Yankees current offer (McCarron).
1:59 pm: Cano’s representatives met with the Mariners on Tuesday (Kernan).
1:20 pm: The Rangers appear uninterested in Cano, as they are not prioritizing upgrades to their infield (Wilson).
12:51 pm: The Yankees are still pursuing Cano, but they are holding firm on a seven-year, $175 million offer. They intend to let him walk if he finds a better deal (Matthews).
12:45 pm: The Mets are not among the favorites to sign Cano (Nightengale).
Dec. 3: The Mets have not discussed Cano internally in a while, although some within the organization remain hopeful they can get in on him (Martino).
Dec. 3: The Mariners have emerged as a major player for Cano (Matthews).
Nov. 18: Sandy Alderson said Cano’s agents delivered a well-prepared and overdone presentation and no money was discussed (Puma).