Two of the top-tier free agents in the class of 2014 are second baseman Robinson Cano and Cuban defector first baseman Jose Abreu. According to the Daily News' Andy Martino, neither player will be on the Mets' radar this coming winter at their current price. Martino's league sources indicated that Sandy Alderson is unwilling to hand a substantial contract to Cano, and he suggests that any talk of the Mets as a "stealth candidate" isn't to be taken seriously. This seems unsurprising since Cano is reportedly looking for a record setting contract, which he is very unlikely to receive.
Abreu, on the other hand, is a more complicated story. Despite the fact the Mets have missed out on the bidding of two other prime Cuban talents in Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, it seems that they won't make a play on Abreu either. The Mets seem to like Abreu's power very much, as Aaron described this week, but according to Martino, the organization is somewhat unimpressed by his athleticism, and believe he doesn't fit the profile of a National League first baseman. Instead, Martino says, they will sift through their internal options, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, and Josh Satin.
Is this a smart idea for the Mets? In Cano's case, most likely. A 10-year, $300 million contract for a player on the wrong side of 30 seems pretty silly, even if he would look better in royal blue than navy. As for Abreu, this issue is certainly murky, and I'm sure much of the Mets' position will depend on an asking price as the winter progresses.