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Mets meet with Cuban pitcher Chapman

The Mets had their expected meeting Friday with lefthander Aroldis Chapman and his agent, but it was unclear if they discussed financial parameters with the 21-year-old Cuban defector. Chapman arrived in New York Wednesday, and the Mets, who do not appear to be one of the more aggressive suitors for him, took advantage of the visit.

Chapman also plans to meet with the Yankees, who are a little busy at the moment in the ALCS, as well as the Red Sox and Cardinals. When this round of visits is completed, Chapman is expected to pitch for talent evaluators in Miami.

With so many other needs this offseason, the Mets might stay on the periphery for Chapman, who some have speculated is shooting for a contract in the range of $40 million to $60 million. That's too big a gamble for the Mets, who are likely to make a run at two of the most expensive free agents - John Lackey and Matt Holliday - in an attempt to fill the team's two biggest holes.

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