When the Mets drafted high school RHP Matthew Allan in the third round, they full expected to be competitive enough in their offer that he wouldn't go to the University of Florida next season.
And it looks like that will be the case, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Heyman says the Mets are "on track" to signing Allan -- as well as fourth-rounder Jake Mangum -- and it could very well happen this week.
Allan isn't the Mets' first rounder (Brett Baty already signed with New York), but he may be their most important draftee. The No. 13 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline in this year's Draft, the 6-foot-3 hurler fell to the third round due to his strong commitment to Florida.
However, the Mets were confident that they could convince him to head to their farm system instead. The finanical incentive is the main factor, with Allan reportedly looking for $4 million to break off his college intent. New York knew what needed to be done, which is why they drafted all college seniors with the rest of their picks to save on signing-bonus money.
If the Mets do land Allan, it would be an absolute steal where they drafted him. His potential is through the roof, and many believe he has All-Star caliber starter in him. Time will tell, but GM Brodie Van Wagenen and the rest of the Mets' front office will try to hammer out a deal that keeps him in their system first.