The New York Mets are rumored to be making a big push to sign Yoesnis Cespedes, the hired gun who has the team steamrolling toward the playoffs this year.
The Mets acquired Cespedes at the trade deadline after another deal for Carlos Gonzalez fell through, and the acquisition has paid huge dividends already. First, the Mets were able to acquire Cespedes without having to give up one of their promising young pitchers (they would have shipped Zack Wheeler to acquire Gonzalez) and more importantly, Cespesdes has played like an MVP since coming to Flushing.
Yoenis Cespedes has helped the Mets take a stranglehold on the NL East, sweeping a series against the Washington Nationals and going up 8-and-a-half games with just three weeks left to play.
Cespedes is hitting.313 with 39 RBI and 15 home runs, the most by any player in their first 38 games with the New York Mets. The team is 27-11 with Cespedes in the lineup, including a nine-game stretch where he hit.405 with six home runs and 14 RBI.
Cespedes said he has his sights set on a bigger goal, ESPN noted.
“It is not about me, it is about the team,” Cespedes said through a translator. “I am one part of the team. To be producing, and seeing the team winning, and everybody chipping in for one purpose. That is to play in the playoffs and hopefully we can bring the big trophy to the city.”
But there has always been a hitch in the deal. Cespedes had a clause that gives the Mets just a five-day window after the World series to either reach a new deal or release him. If the Mets don’t give him a new contract, they are locked out of negotiations until May 15, and by the another team is likely to give him a monster contract.
There may be new hope for the New York Mets, new rumors indicate.
John Heyman of CBS Sports reported that Cespedes’s agent agreed to drop the clause, giving the team an equal footing at signing him.
SB Nation noted that the team may be under a lot of pressure to offer Cespedes a big deal
“The Cespedes situation is very similar to what transpired with catcher Mike Piazza. The Mets traded for Piazza in 1998 and after public outcry, the club signed him to a seven-year deal. When the Mets traded for Cespedes, Mets fan created a Go Fund Me page to raise money to re-sign the outfielder.”
“Cespedes has been white hot since he put on a Mets uniform, hitting.312/.357/.675 with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs in just 36 games. One can only imagine the numbers he might put up in a full season with the Mets.”
With the team streaking toward the playoffs and Yoenis Cespedes continuing to come through in big spots, the rumors about the New York Mets trying to re-sign him may only intensify if the team keeps winning through October.
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