Robinson Cano subject of talks between Jay Z and Mets
Hip hop mogul and Roc Nation Sports agency founder Jay Z met with members of the Mets front office on Monday at a Manhattan restaurant to discuss his client, Yankees free agent Robinson Cano, possibly making a move to play for New York’s other baseball team next season.
According to a report from the New York Post’s Kevin Davidoff and Dan Martin on Tuesday, the former Brooklyn Nets minority owner sat down with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco in a meeting that was initiated by Cano’s representatives, although the five-time All-Star didn’t attend the conference on Monday night.
It’s not immediately clear what the Mets’ interest is in the second baseman after the meeting. Alderson said last week that he can’t see how the team would take on another player who would command a nine-figure deal. David Wright is currently on the books for eight years and $138 million, and Cano reportedly asked for a 10-year, $310 million contract from the Yankees this offseason, though he seems unlikely to approach that total.
The Mets’ payroll for next season is believed to be between $85 million and $90 million. Alderson said in an ESPNNewYork.com report from Adam Rubin that investing the team’s capital in two players is not a recipe for success:
“I think it’s difficult to concentrate those kinds of resources into very few players. It’s not really the way you build a quality, sustainable, winning team, I don’t think.”