According to the New York Post, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, and John Ricco met with Jay-Z over dinner Monday night in Manhattan. The topic of discussion? Jay-Z’s client, free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
According the the Post, it was Cano’s representatives who initiated the meeting:
The hip-hop impresario joined Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco for dinner at a posh Manhattan hotel to discuss Cano’s free agency, two sources familiar with the situation told The Post. Cano’s group, which also featured agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez, initiated the meeting; Cano himself didn’t attend.
Cano’s initial demands were for a 10 year deal in excess of $300 million, but most feel he won’t sniff a deal that high.
It was reported yesterday that the Yankees were comfortable waiting until January for Cano to lower his demands.
It’s important to note that Cano’s agents initiated this meeting. However, the fact that the Mets took it – and that Jeff Wilpon attended – will raise eyebrows.
Last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters that it was unlikely the Mets would sign a $100 million dollar player this offseason. That’s all well and good, but he wasn’t speaking in absolutes.
It would be stunning if the Mets signed Robinson Cano. Not because the Mets can’t afford to, but because they’d be stealing a franchise player away from the Yankees in an offseason when most fans and media members are skeptical of their willingness to spend.
However, if there’s any player on the market that Sandy Alderson would bend his anti long-term contract stance for, it’s Cano. Beyond that, if Jeff Wilpon wants Cano (I’m not saying he does), he could step in and push for it.
Perhaps the Wilpon’s have had enough of being the butt of jokes (deserved and otherwise). Perhaps they took the meeting with Cano’s agents as a courtesy. Perhaps this is something in-between.
What’s certain, is that this meeting will send ripples across New York.
This could end up turning into nothing, or it could end up being the first step that leads to a franchise altering moment. The latter still seems like a long-shot, but nothing is impossible.