Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced that they have submitted qualifying offers to free agents Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, and Hiroki Kuroda effectively taking them off the Mets radar, if they were ever on it.
This was largely an expected move from the Yankees perspective, since they will certainly look to retain the services of Cano and will be looking for draft compensation since other players will likely be recruited on the open market.
In our free agent profile series we've profiled Cano and Granderson. Independently, we thought that both would be poor fits for the Mets due to Granderson's declining defense and increasing age, and Cano because of the cost. Kuroda was a strange case in 2013, being the best pitcher in the American League for the first few months of the season. But he completed the last two months with an ERA over 5.00, and there are certainly better options should the Mets look to the free agent market for pitching.