In the opinion of one high-ranking Mets official, there's one $100 million-plus player on this year's free-agent market, and that player is Robinson Cano.

If the Mets as an organization maintain that position, that could severely limit or perhaps even eliminate their chances to land free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who they appear to covet.

Several people with Mets connections say the team from Queens has identified Choo as a top target. But the way this market looks at the moment, it's very possible Choo may turn out to be a pie in the sky for them.

Choo's agent Scott Boras made clear he is targeting at least Jayson Werth's $126 million, seven-year deal, signed three years ago, as one comp for Choo. Boras, who also represents Jacoby Ellsbury (he doesn't fit the Mets as well since they are happy with Juan Lagares in center field), said in regards to his two top-tier free-agent outfielders, "Carl Crawford (who signed for $142 million over seven years) lives. And Jayson Werth signed for seven years at age 32."

Of course, one beautiful thing about free agency is that you never know.

No one expected the Mets to get in the mix for Michael Bourn last winter, and eventually they at least were a player -- though in the end, they didn't offer a fifth-year option and wouldn't guarantee their $48 million, four-year offer until after a hearing could be held to determine whether they might retain the draft choice. This year, the Mets do hold an advantage in that they wouldn't lose a draft choice for signing Choo since they finished with they have the 10th pick, a protected choice.