“Nothing should be surprising anymore. Therefore I wasn’t surprised _ after a moment,” New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “That kind of money has been spent before. The thing about baseball (that) is funny is that all 30 teams are on a continuum and nobody is in the same point psychologically, competitively and financially at any point in time.
“So there’s always somebody who’s digging in their heels, they’re not going to do this and they’re not going to do that, they’re going to get the first pick every year for three years, what have you,” he said. “And there’s somebody on the other end that’s going crazy. It doesn’t do any good to lament that. That’s reality. You just have to deal with it.”
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons, the Yankees have been big spenders despite the loss of Cano. New York has committed $307 million to add Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson and to retain Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan.
“We have enough voids that we don’t have to prioritize any one,” Cashman said.
New York also is interested in pitcher Masahiro Tanaka if he is made available by his Japanese team. Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have an agreement in principle on a new posting system. If ratified by both sides, there would be a $20 million cap on the fee going to Japanese clubs for players put on the posting market, and any MLB teams bidding the specified price would be able to compete to sign the players.
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins and Howie Rumberg contributed to this report.