Andy Martino of the Daily News:
A source said that the Mets view Russell Martin as too pricey and too much of an injury risk. He turned down the Dodgers' offer of $4.2 million for one year, with a $1.1 million in incentives, meaning his price would have to come way, way, way down for the Mets to get involved.
The Phils are definitely in on Jeff Francoeur, who intrigues old hitting coach Charlie Manuel. There is some expectation within the Phils' front office that Francoeur will end up with Royals, for whom he could play every day. In Philly, he's be a platoon guy.
Lefty reliever Ron Mahay--who the Mets pursued unsuccessfully last winter--feels that he would be a good fit in New York this year, and he's willing to sign an affordable one-year deal.
Talking to Mets people, there is no urgency to sign pitchers like Jeff Francis and Chris Young. They are considering those players, but will wait for the market to develop.
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