Francis to Royals, but who to Mets?

The Mets lost one of their primary free agent targets Friday morning when Jeff Francis reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Royals.

francis.jpgThough he may never have been the Mets’ top starting pitcher target — they have been in talks with Chris Young for weeks — the deal should nonetheless affect them. In addition to losing the bargaining power of talking to Francis, the Mets now must come with the fact that the other teams after him — the Yankees, for one — now may focus more of their energies on Young.

If the Mets cannot land Young, they may turn toward Dave Bush or Freddy Garcia instead. Earlier this month, the club signed Chris Capuano to a heavily incentive-laden one-year deal worth a base of $1.5 million; they would like to do acquire another starter on similar terms.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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