As we sit just over a month to the start of Spring Training, one of the top available free agents remains unsigned. Former New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is seeking a long-term deal in the six-year range, exceeding 20 million dollars per year. Although he has yet to sign a contract, the market seems to be intensifying for Cespedes, as he could sign with a team in the next few days.
Since being dealt to the Mets, Cespedes appeared in 57 games, and was a huge reason as to why the Mets won the NL East, and appeared in the World Series. Cespedes hit 17 homeruns and added 44 RBIs while accumulating a .287 average. Defensively, Cespedes has good range and one of the leagues strongest arms. He will be a significant asset for whomever can sign him.
Although it remains unlikely that the Mets will land Cespedes, there is still a small chance they can ink him on a short-term deal. If Cespedes is not satisfied with any of the offers he receives, he could turn to the Mets and look for a one-year deal. The 2016-17 free agent pool of outfielders is very weak, so Cespedes may consider signing a one-year deal, and re-enter the free agent market next offseason.
There appears to be at least half a dozen teams in the market for Cespedes, most notably the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. Both teams have major needs within their outfields and would be willing to offer Cespedes the money in which he desires.
It remains highly unlikely that the Mets will be able to bring Cespedes back for another year, but the longer he remains unsigned can only be a good sign for Mets fans.