Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 11/30/11
According to the New York Post, Royals OF Jeff Francoeur helped to recruit Jonathan Broxton during a hunting trip in Georgia. Kernan says the Mets had David Wright make contact with Broxton, who will get a one-year, $4 million deal with incentives that could bring the contract to $5 million. “I’m not much of a hunter, but that hunting trip really worked out well,” Francoeur told the Post. “Make sure you tell David that I’m a better salesman than he is,” he said jokingly. Team insiders told the Daily News that, while they are willing to spend more than $4 million on a reliever, the team concluded that Broxton’s asking price was too high (given the injury risk and their need for a reliable closer). Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently said the Mets are willing to spend $8-$10 million for late inning relief, and would be open to giving more than a one-year contract. To read more about what Francoeur told Broxton, check out Kernan’s report in the New York Post.
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