Yoenis Cespedes ‘unlikely’ to be re-signed by the Mets
The acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes on July 31 transformed the Mets offense from one of the worst in the league to one of the best, helping to lead a surge past the Nationals for first place in the National League East for their first division title in nine years.
But in September, Cespedes was very open about what he would demand in a new contract as a free agent this winter, telling Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes he would be seeking at least a six-year deal.
And under those terms, the Mets will not entertain bringing the star outfielder back to Flushing.
“It’s unlikely right now that he ends up a Met,” assistant GM John Ricco said on Sunday night. “I think we will end up meeting with his agent. Right now, I still think he’s looking at a deal that would be north of what we would consider.”
Cespedes did say he wanted to re-sign with the Mets this winter, so much so that he asked his agents to re-negotiate the part of his contract which said his current team had five days to sign him to a new contract, or he would have to be released. And a released player cannot be re-signed by his former club until May 15.
But if his demands come down – and it’s possible they will – the Mets could and probably should re-consider their position. For instance, if his new ask is at five years, that should be a reasonable term for Mets and a player of this caliber.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not either take place.
In the meantime, Ricco said the Mets continue to explore options from the left side to complement Juan Lagares, although such options do not include either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton.
The Mets have reportedly shown interest in Denard Span, Dexter Fowler, and Gerardo Parra to pair with Lagares.