Mets fans’ worst nightmare: Nats could be pursuing Cespedes
Yup, the Nationals may be pursuing Yoenis Cespedes.
Do you remember last offseason, circa late January, before the Mets and Cespedes agreed to a contract, and Mets fans were not only on edge because of not having Cespedes, but also on edge because the Nationals had made an offer to Cespedes? Yeah, that was a really rough time, right? Well, that rough time could be back!
Now, now, before we all have a heart attack, nothing has been done or confirmed yet. In fact, according to the New York Post, the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would not even directly state whether or not the Nats were going to pursue Cespedes. He did however have the following to say:
“When [Cespedes] played for the Mets, the guy scared me,” Rizzo said. “He’s a really good offensive player. He’s a really good two-way player. He is a middle-of-the-lineup bat. He improves any team he plays for.”
Do the Nats need someone in their outfield? No, not really. They already have Jayson Werth in left, Trea Turner in center, and Bryce Harper in right. However, Rizzo did state that moves could be made to change this around. Turner could go back to playing shortstop, Harper could play center, and Werth could possible move to right, which would leave left field open for Cespedes to play.
God, I don’t even want to imagine that scenario. Typing it out was hard enough. Losing Cespedes will be heart wrenching if the Mets and him cannot agree, but losing him to the Nationals would be absolutely brutal.
Plus, we all know that if Cespedes joins the Nationals him and Daniel Murphy will completely demolish the Mets every time the two teams face each other. But again, not something that I even want to continue speculating on, or even want to imagine.
Moral of this article: Mets just pay the man so we don’t have to worry about this possibility.