With Justin Upton reportedly signing a six-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, the market for Yoenis Cespedes could be shrinking.
The good thing is, though, he’s the only big remaining free agent outfielder out there. Jason Heyward has signed. Alex Gordon, too. As the only big fish, teams could start a bidding war for his services.
One obvious fit is his former team, the New York Mets. As it stands right now, the Mets will roll out Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto and a platoon of Juan Lagares/Alejandro De Aza in the outfield. Adding Cespedes into the mix would immediately boost that offensive output. And apparently, the 30-year-old Cuban native would be happy to return to Queens.
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In an interview with MLB.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said there is some mutual interest.
"I talked to [GM] Sandy [Alderson] today, and hopefully we’ll continue to move forward [in those negotiations]," said Collins. "I don’t know where Cespedes is at contract-wise with anybody else, but I know he wants to come back to New York if he can. He’s a great player and we’d love to have him back."
Of course, this isn’t necessarily new information. It’s been reported that the Mets want Cespedes on an short-term deal — as in a one-year contract. This is, however, the first time that negotiations have been publicly confirmed by somebody with the club.
Just how much they’re willing to pay — both in price and length of deal — remains to be seen. The reported deal for Upton is at six years and $132.75 million. Heyward signed for $184 million over eight years and Gordon received four years, $72 million.
The market has been set for Cespedes. Now, we wait to see if the Mets capitalize on his desire to return to New York.