The New York Mets clearly want Yoenis Cespedes back for 2017, but are they not willing to go past a certain point?
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source.”
This leaves the New York Mets in the same position they were in last offseason. They seem unwilling to give Yoenis Cespedes the years and money that he could potentially be receiving from a rival. Fortunately, for New York, Cespedes passed up the long-term deal last offseason. Unfortunately, for New York, that doesn’t seem likely this time around.
Cespedes and his team will likely be demanding a deal within the five-year range in terms of length and the monetary value close to $130 million or potentially even higher.
As the stage is set now, the Mets seem like they are only committed to resigning the Cuban slugger if it is in the four-year, $100-$110 million range. This is certainly a ton of money, but there are teams out there that can certainly give the 31-year old more than that and would give him anything he wants to bring his talents to their city.
It is widely known by many that Cespedes loves New York and would love to stay but if he gets a larger contract elsewhere, Mets fans should not be shocked if he decides to go despite his love for the city.