This is definitely jumping the gun here Met fans but if you are wondering how Cespedes feels about being a Met…
“This is something that I can’t control,” Cespedes said through an interpreter. “I don’t know what the front office is thinking about. But [from] what I see so far, I would love for everything to work out and stay with the Mets for a long, long time.”
While it would be nice if the Mets could keep Cespedes for the long term there are somethings working against that from happening which is why this was considered a 2 month rental.
The Mets would need to make an offer enticing enough for Cespedes to forgo testing the open market — at a time when a power-hitting skill set is at a premium.
This is not to say that, that can’t happen, don’t forget the Mets had that same window with Mike Piazza and they were able to sign him to a 7 year deal so it is possible. Do the Wilpons have the financial wherewithal to make that happen?
Industry sources yesterday pegged Cespedes’ potential asking price on the open market to be in the $120 million-$150 million range, depending on the length of his next contract.
Also, if the 29-year-old Cespedes doesn’t sign an extension and reaches the open market this winter, a clause in his contract essentially keeps the Mets from bidding on his services.
So if Yoenis Cespedes does leave let’s hope Sandy Alderson has a plan in place to replace that bat in the lineup. But again Met fans this is jumping way ahead…let’s enjoy the season as it continues to unfold.