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The early weeks of Brodie Van Wagenen's tenure as Mets GM have left agents and rivals struck by the Mets' aggressiveness on many fronts.
They have checked in on many trade scenarios and free agents, and have several intriguing proverbial balls in the air, including talks with Seattle about trading for Robinson Cano.
But the view from here is that it is still extremely hard to imagine the Mets making a play for Bryce Harper.
The Mets aren't commenting on the hypothetical, but one rival executive summed up the general feeling by saying there was "no chance" the Mets sign Harper. We wouldn't go that far on any situation -- anything is possible, at least in theory -- but that rival exec seems on the right track.
It's Van Wagenen's style to investigate every option, and he's surely uttered the words "Bryce" and "Harper," perhaps even to agent Scott Boras. But our sense is that it's far from a front-burner issue for the Mets and their GM.
It's one thing to be aggressive. It's another to invest $300 million or more in a free agent -- more than double what the team has ever spent on a player.
The Mets are more likely to continue to work on ways to pry Cano from Seattle, but as reported Tueseday, that would require the Mariners to pay a significant chunk of the $120 million remaining on Cano's contract.