Detroit Tigers rumors have the team considering a signing of Yoenis Cespedes. The Tigers rumors about Cespedes state that the team is just waiting for the price to come down a bit. A report from NBC Sports confirms that the Tigers are looking to improve on offense and have been watching the Cespedes situation very closely.
The Detroit Tigers traded Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets on July 31, 2015. The Tigers acquired minor league players Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer in the deal, seeing it as a way to bring back assets in exchange for a pending free agent. Cespedes ended up posting impressive stats with the Mets, including a.287 batting average,.942 OPS, 17 home runs, and 44 RBIs in just the final two months of the regular season. Cespedes also hit two home runs in the NLDS and helped the Mets make it all the way to the World Series.
Cespedes originally signed with the Oakland Athletics on a $36 million, four-year contract. The Athletics ended up trading him to the boston Red Sox during the 2014 MLB season, before the Red Sox sent him to the Tigers. The Tigers acquired Cespedes, pitcher Alex Wilson, and minor league Gabe Speier in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello. Cespedes would play 102 games for the Tigers, posting a.293 batting average, 18 home runs, and 61 RBIs during his time with the team.
Toward the end of the 2015 MLB season, it came out that Cespedes would be looking to sign a six-year contract. It had been thought that the New York Mets would look to give him a contract extension right away, but the team instead let Cespedes walk away in free agency. There had been rumors about negotiations between the agent for Cespedes and the front office of the Mets, but those negotiations quickly quieted when it seemed like he had priced himself out of New York.
The market for Yoenis Cespedes still appears unclear, causing more Detroit Tigers rumors to surface. The words "sale" have come up from MLB analysts in regard to what the team wants to see this offseason. It has been predicted that Cespedes will get a contract worth about $140 million over six seasons. That might be too expensive for the Tigers to afford, meaning the team would like the price to come down before entering into serious negotiations. The team currently has a payroll estimated at just under $152 million for the 2016 MLB season, which doesn't yet include rookies or arbitration deals.
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