Found September 27, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Validating what I’ve been saying almost all year long, a team insider told Adam Rubin of ESPN that the New York Mets are not expected to vigorously pursue any free agents with draft-pick compensation attached — whether the pick is protected or not. This nullifies any concern over the protected pick as the Mets will hold a second round pick in the same regard as a first round pick. This wipes out virtually all of the top names in free agency, which I never believed they would pursue anyway. The same source told Rubin that the lone exception is Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. But the Mets will not give him more than what Michael Bourn got last offseason. The Indians signed Bourn to a four year, $48 million deal. I think that’s hilarious if they think they have any chance at Choo who will have about 8-10 teams chasing him this Winter assuming he doesn’t re-sign with the Reds. This is why I kept telling everyone not to buy into the whole “we’re gonna spend this offseason” murm...
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