Kevin S, reader of MetsBlog:
Robinson Cano is definitely going to receive a big contract. However, if the Mets could swoop in and “steal” him from the Yankees, it would help put a stamp on the team as legitimate buyers and show they’re serious about moving forward, which will certainly ease the fanbase and help sell tickets. It may even take a few fans from the other side of town. This will help offset some of the contract, almost making it acceptable to overpay for him.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I don’t think any professional baseball player who is a free agent that likes money will allow himself to be ‘stolen away,’ especially from the Yankees, the team he knows, loves and broke in to the league with. That said, I like Cano, and he certainly would do the things you say. However, I don’t think he’s the right player for right now. Personally, I have no problem with the big, seven-year, nine-figure contract, but I don’t think it’s a fit for the Mets.
That said, there are MLB insiders who expect Alderson to at least meet with Cano, because you never know…
Michael Baron, Contributor
Cano is an excellent player, and there’s no question he would make the Mets immediately better. Signing him would give the Mets flexibility to move Daniel Murphy in a deal for another bat, which, in turn, would also make the Mets immediately better. Cano also knows how to deal with the pressures of playing in this city, has postseason experience, and despite some of the lackadaisical moments he’s had in his career, he’s a lot of fun to watch at second base.
Here’s the problem with Cano: He’s turning 31 in October. Cano will require — at least — a six-year deal, worth nine figures. Such long-term commitments never seem to end well, especially for the Mets who are just shedding their payroll of Jason Bay and Johan Santana. It’s difficult for me to see Alderson making such a commitment on a second-generation contract, especially to a player who has fewer good days ahead than behind. That’s not a knock on Cano. He’s a great player right now, and has been a great player for the last few years. But, that’s right now, and the Mets will probably want more flexibility than a long-term and expensive contract to Cano will provide.