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Those talks occurred before the Mets knew that they would acquire an even brighter star in shortstop Francisco Lindor. Bryant is set to earn nearly $19 million this year.
The Mets prefer to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold, and would not be able to accommodate Bryant’s salary without shedding payroll in a trade.
If the Mets were to resume Bryant trade talks -- which is difficult to imagine -- they would be behind other teams who are pursuing him more aggressively.