Yoenis Cespedes rumors are heating up again during the MLB offseason. The latest Cespedes rumors have the Baltimore Orioles offering a long-term deal and the New York Mets offering a one-year contract to the All-Star outfielder. A report from CBS Sports states that he is weighing the two offers, potentially also waiting for the Mets to offer multiple years in a new contract. While there is mixed information about what the Mets have offered, MLB Network just stated on Sirius Radio that the one-year deal is on the table.
Cespedes is reportedly being offered a five-year, $90 million deal from the Baltimore Orioles. That contract is also rumored to include an option year that could make it worth even more money. The value of the short-term deal from the New York Mets hasn’t been revealed yet, but it could be worth as much as $20 million if the rumors are correct. The benefit for Cespedes would be that he gets a huge deal for one season, with the Mets not getting locked into a long-term contract.
The Yoenis Cespedes rumors of a new contract have been floating around since midway through the 2015 MLB season. When the Mets acquired Cespedes in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, there was a lot of chatter about his new team offering a contract extension. The front office in New York and his agent put it off until after the World Series, but the two sides never came to terms on a new deal. Instead, Cespedes entered free agency, where he hasn’t received as many contract offers as MLB analysts had expected.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Detroit Tigers have been keeping a close eye on negotiations as well. It had been rumored that the Tigers would like to re-acquire Cespedes in free agency. During his 102 games in Detroit, Cespedes had a.293 batting average, 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 62 runs scored. The team didn’t want to just lose him to free agency, so they dealt him to the Mets for minor leaguers Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer.
In the final 57 games of the 2015 MLB regular season, Yoenis Cespedes put up MVP-level numbers for the New York Mets. He had 35 extra base hits, 44 RBIs, 39 runs scored, and 66 total hits in 230 at-bats. Cespedes posted a.287 batting average and.942 OPS with the Mets, helping the team secure a spot in the 2015 MLB Playoffs. The Mets made it all the way to the World Series with Cespedes in the middle of the lineup, which is why the front office continues to show interest in retaining his talents.
In his first contract in Major League Baseball, Cespedes signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Oakland Athletics. He spent parts of three seasons with the Athletics before going to the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, and finally the New York Mets. The contract offer from the Baltimore Orioles is not only a sign that the team really wants Cespedes in the outfield, but also a strong hint that Chris Davis won’t be back with the team. A report from ESPN.com states that Davis may simply want too much money to stay in town.
Fans of the Orioles would certainly like the franchise to find a way to afford both Cespedes at five years and $90 million as well as Chris Davis at seven years and $154 million. Davis turned down that offer, though, putting the front office in Baltimore into a scramble to find offense immediately. This points to a deal getting done with Yoenis Cespedes and his agent very soon, unless the plan was always to get a second offer to use against the New York Mets in negotiations.
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