Yoenis Cespedes will re-sign with the Mets ‘if they give him a good offer’
After each and every passing day, the dollar signs in the eyes of Yoenis Cespedes increase in size as the Mets rent-an-outfielder continues to produce at a historic pace for the NL East leaders.
In 41 games since the Mets acquired him at the trade deadline, Cespedes is hitting .309/.356/.691 with 10 doubles, three triples 17 home runs, 42 RBI and a 1.048 OPS. Uncle.
As the days go on and the production continues at a–frankly–stupid pace for Cespedes, the questions about the Mets ability to re-sign the 29-year-old slugger continue grow louder and louder.
One thing that has already worked in the Mets favor is that the clause in Cespedes’ contract that would have only allowed the team up to five days after the conclusion of the World Series to re-sign him–otherwise he would have had to been released–was amended last week.
Rather than essentially losing him after that five-day window, as teams cannot re-sign a play after they’re released until May, the Mets are at least on an equal playing field with other teams who will want to sign Cespedes in the coming offseason.
The biggest question remaining, though, is what Cespedes will cost. After putting up monster numbers on a consistent basis over the past seven weeks in Flushing, eyes have been opened all across the league and the price tag has increased. Could Cespedes be playing his way out of the Mets price range?
Maybe not. Despite GM Sandy Alderson downplaying it publicly, the Mets are expected to make a “serious push” towards re-signing Cespedes to a long-term contract come the offseason, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.
Heyman isn’t the only one who believes the Mets will have a chance to re-sign Cespedes, though, as Tim Rohan of the New York Times recently spoke with Cespedes’ former interpreter in Oakland.
“A team like the Mets, if they give him a good offer, he’s going to stay,” interpreter Ariel Prieto told Rohan. “He wants to compete; that’s what’s most important to this kid. He wants to be a part of that. That’s why he’s doing good over there, because he knows they have a good chance to go to the playoffs or even go all the way through.”
While signing Cespedes in the offseason could cost between $135-175M according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Mets do appear to have some things on their side right now.
From various reports, Cespedes loves playing in the spotlight, and right now he’s doing that on the sport’s biggest stage as the Mets close in on their first postseason berth in nine years. Cespedes has not only shown huge power, prolific production and surprising speed in his time in New York, but also his versatility and willingness to play left field or center field, depending on what the team needs. While everyone has been producing lately, he’s put this team on his back since the day he walked in the door, and the team has never looked back.
This is the kind of player you want to keep. Whether or not the Mets can and will, though, remains a mystery that won’t be solved until this Winter. Until then, enjoy the daily virtues of the man, the myth and the growing New York legend that is Yoenis Cespedes.