Cano, who will turn 31 later this month, is reportedly seeking a deal worth in excess of $300 million dollars over 10 years. It wasn’t expected that the Mets would pursue him, so Martino’s report doesn’t come as a surprise.
Abreu, a 27 year old first baseman who will turn 27 prior to opening day, recently defected from Cuba. He held a showcase for scouts (including representatives from the Mets) early last week in the Dominican Republic.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, sealed bids for Abreu are expected to be submitted by this Saturday.
The Mets have a need for offense, and Cano would be a tremendous fit. However, Cano is looking for an outrageous contract – both in terms of length and dollars. I highly doubt he’ll get the deal he’s looking for, but I can see him easily eclipsing $200 million. Regardless of what the Mets’ current situation is, a $200 million dollar deal for a 31 year old player would be unwise. The news that the Mets are unlikely to pursue Cano isn’t really news.
Abreu is a different matter. The rumors are that he’s seeking a six year deal worth roughly $60 million dollars. The issue with Abreu, is that he’s viewed as a one dimensional player. Scouts believe that his bat will play in the majors – and that it could be special. However, many of those scouts believe Abreu may wind up with an American League club, which would give him the option to DH.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the Mets made a legit play for Abreu, but their scouts would have to feel he’s a difference maker in order for Sandy Alderson to jump in with both feet.