*MLB player Robinson Cano, who is represented by Jay Z’s sports agency, is expected to command a lucrative contract as a free agent this offseason.
According to The New York Post and ESPNNewYork.com, the entertainer and fledgling agent met with New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco for dinner Monday night to discuss Cano.
A source familiar with the dinner get-together said the Mets accepted the invitation to meet with Jay Z because the entertainer is a new agent. The club was caught off guard with how quickly it leaked to the media that the meeting took place, and understands the motivation for it becoming public is to attempt to drive up Cano’s asking price, the source added.
A deal materializing between the Mets and Cano, who is expected to command a lucrative contract, would appear highly implausible, however.
It was Cano’s side, according to the report, that initiated the meeting, seemingly looking for real or perceived bidders to nudge the crosstown New York Yankees into being more aggressive in trying to retain the five-time All-Star second baseman.
The Mets have been on austerity for years. The largest contract Alderson has handed out to a free agent in four offseasons as the Mets’ general manager was to Frank Francisco, who received a two-year, $12 million contract during the 2011-12 offseason.