Asked point blank by WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday whether the Mets would pursue free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, GM Brodie Van Wagenen seemed to suggest it was unlikely.
"We'll have to be really creative to move some money around to make those guys work," Van Wagenen said.
Harper and Machado are both reportedly seeking deals in excess of $300 million for 10 years or more, and SNY's Andy Martino has reported that the Mets pursuing either is unlikely.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday that the payroll has "absolutely opened up" and he Mets are expected to remain aggressive, even though it likely won't mean landing one of the biggest two prizes of the offseason.
While a pursuit of Harper or Machado doesn't seem to be in the cards at the moment, Van Wagenen said Wednesday that the Mets are having ongoing conversations on multiple trade fronts and have also recently increased their dialogue with free agent targets.
After their blockbuster deal with the Mariners, the Mets are expected to stay aggressive, and have been in touch with the Marlins about trading for C J.T. Realmuto and in contact with free agent OF A.J. Pollock.