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May 22, 2019

Mets GM tells Mike Francesa the team would need to be ‘very creative’ to have a shot at Manny Machado or Bryce Harper

December 5, 2018

The Mets have not made offers to Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

Brodie Van Wagenen told Mike Francesa on his WFAN radio show Wednesday that the Mets had not yet made an offer “to the two big boys.” While neither Mets COO Jeff Wilpon or the Mets GM would specify what their targeted Opening Day payroll would be, Van Wagenen said they would have to be “very creative,” to bring in either under the current “parameters.”

That confirms what the Mets have said privately — and has been reported all along — since the season ended. Machado and Harper, the “two big boys,” on the market are not in their crosshairs. Machado, the infielder who seems like a strong fit for the Yankees at this point, and Harper, who will be hosting teams next week when all of baseball converges on his hometown of Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings, will both likely land mega, multi-year deals.

That said, the Mets front office has been clear to say they will be aggressive with any opportunities that cross their desk. So, if there is a sharp dip in demands from Machado and Harper, the Mets would be more than willing to listen.

Manny Machado (l.) and Bryce Harper are the two biggest free-agent prizes this hot stove season. (Nick Wass / AP)

Again, the payroll is the big question with the Mets. They would have to expand it significantly to add a player of Machado or Harper’s magnitude.

The Mets payroll was at $150 million to open last season. With the trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, they were able to address two needs with a deal that was “salary neutral,” for the next two years, because of the $20 million the Mariners sent back. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Mets’ financial obligations right now are at $135 million.

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