Report: Mets eye ace after Guerrero deal folds

The New York Mets missed out on Vladimir Guerrero at the last minute, but word is they might have a backup plan for the money they would've spent. It's a simple plan: Pick up Greg Maddux.

Some members of the Mets organization think Fred Wilpon could be convinced to use the $10 million to $11 million aimed at Guerrero on the right-handed free agent, according to The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record.

According to the newspaper, two lessons were clear when the Mets failed to land Guerrero: Agents Arn Tellem and Fern Cuza were using the team to get a better offer from the ultimately successful Anaheim Angels, and the Guerrero-to-Shea Stadium fantasy spurred New York to realize it could be one superstar away from becoming a 90-win team.

The Record reported that a major league official said the Mets plan to talk with Maddux's agent, Scott Boras.

Although Maddux -- who needs 11 wins to reach 300 -- will turn 38 in April, Boras has been trying to get the former Cy Young Award winner a three- or four-year deal at $10 million plus a year, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

Maddux -- who wasn't offered arbitration by the Atlanta Braves, then was spurned by the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals this winter -- would fit at the front of the Mets' rotation, according to the newspaper.

If Maddux does go to the Mets, he would be reunited with fellow former Brave Tom Glavine.

Although Maddux is a tempting target, there's no guarantee Wilpon will add his salary to the Mets' already prodigious $80 million payroll, The Record reported.