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Mets and Yoenis Cespedes


The outfield market has not played out as expected for players like Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes, with the rumor mill linking both players to several teams, but with no signing appearing imminent. The Mets haven’t been connected recently to either but the possibility of a one-year deal could entice the Mets.

Naturally these free agent players are looking to cash in on a career deal with long- term stability. A player like Cespedes, at age 30, has played for four teams in the last two years. The Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers all felt it would benefit their clubs to deal Cespedes. As rumored, the Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, did not consider Cespedes to be his top target at the trade deadline. With a push from ownership, the Mets landed Cespedes and the rest is history.

The offseason particularly has not played out as Cespedes expected after having a career year, helping to lead the Mets to the NL East title and a World Series appearance. Cespedes knocked in 101 runs and hit 35 home runs in 2015.

Multiple teams have spoken with Cespedes, but no general manager seems willing to offer him more than a three-year deal. Because of these rumors, some have suggested that Cespedes can be signed on a one-year deal for a large amount of money. $25 million for one year is something that many teams would take a risk on for Cespedes. Will the Mets take the risk? More importantly, would Cespedes be willing to settle for a one-year deal?

It has been reported that Cespedes is seeking a six or seven year-deal worth over $100 million. If money is the main objective for Cespedes, does it matter if he gets the years? Is it possible Cespedes could find a team to give him $25 million per year for the next seven years? With all the movement Cespedes has experienced in his major league career, I do not believe being settled in just one city for the long-term is a high priority.

Whatever the reason, clubs have so far been reluctant to sign Cespedes to long-term contract. However, signing a short-term deal brings almost no risk to an organization. The consistent production that comes with Cespedes will fit in the middle of any team’s lineup for a season or two. As long as the team can provide a quality golf course, Cespedes will have no complaints. Similar to Deion Sanders continuous tour to new teams around the NFL, Cespedes can sign on with the highest bidder each year.

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Although this scenario appears unlikely, Cespedes is the type of character to pull it off. It would allow him the flexibility to choose his situation every year, while providing a team with a significant power threat in the lineup. Towards the end of his career, he will likely need the years more than the money on his contracts. But for the near future, Cespedes would be able to make a fortune on one-year deals. If Cespedes was open to this possibility, imagine how many teams would join the bidding.