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Report: There is a “growing sense” that Yoenis Cespedes will land a five-year contract

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According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, there is a “growing sense” that free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will land a five-year contract. Earlier this month, Cespedes opted out with two years and $47.5 million remaining on his contract with the Mets in order to become a free agent.

Cespedes finished the 2016 regular season with a .280/.354/.530 triple-slash line with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 543 plate appearances. The Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, Yankees, and Mets have all had reported interest in the two-time All-Star.

Matthew Pouliot ranked Cespedes as the best of 111 free agents available this offseason.

As presently constructed, the Mets’ outfield would feature Jay Bruce in right field, Curtis Granderson in center, and Michael Conforto in left field. The Mets are taking offers for Bruce and might pursue other free agent outfielders (such as Jose Bautista) if they get a sense that Cespedes moves out of their price range.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.