Now that New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes is already leaking his demands for the offseason, it seems more likely he’ll be gone.
Sandy Alderson acquired the 29-year old Cuban sensation with only 2015 in mind. Does that means he’s an absolute goner after the season? Of course not. But let’s be real. This team, who resembles more of a small-market type payroll than one from New York City, might need a significant hometown discount from Cespedes to lure him back.
After the news that just broke it seems less likely he’ll be back.
According to Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes and his team will be seeking a six-year deal during the offseason. He told Rivera this latest information personally.
“My only hope is to stay healthy,” Cespedes said. “I’m not thinking about a contract, but I do know that I will be looking for a contract that is six years or more, has to be six years or more. We’ll see what happens.”
Cespedes, an outfielder, enters Friday’s Subway Series opener hitting .295 with 17 homers and 42 RBIs in 43 games since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 31 for minor league right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
He’s been so good that illogical discussions about he and the NL MVP have come up in the same sentence.
Dishing out a ton of money for a shorter contract is something that could be realistic. Something that will allow Alderson and company to keep their precious “flexibility,” as they’ve proclaimed so often.
Such a long deal doesn’t bode well for the Mets chances in re-signing their best hitter.
While this is all news that’ll pertain to the 2016 version of the Amazin’s, at the moment Cespedes and his club are locked in a 1-1 tie in Game 1 of the Subway Series at Citi Field.
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