Sources: Cespedes torn between Nats’ offer, desire to stay with Mets

Perhaps he would be comfortable if the difference in money wasn’t as great as it appeared – deferrals could lower the present-day value of say, a five-year, $100 million offer from the Nationals; an opt-out clause could enhance the value of say, a three-year, $70 million offer from the Mets.

Perhaps he also figures that if an opt-out from the Nationals would enable him to become a free agent after say, two years, he might as well just accept the shorter deal from the Mets.

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