This is interesting.
Yoenis Cespedes is not your ordinary free agent to be. For one thing, the Mets can’t give him a qualifying offer, thereby tying draft pick compensation to him. For another thing, his contract contained a clause that gave the Mets a short, five-day window after the end of the World Series in which to sign him or else they would not be allowed to sign him until May 15. Working together, these two clauses made Cespedes both more expensive for the Mets and made it much tougher for the Mets to sign him.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets and Cespedes have removed one of those clauses:
The Mets, at the very least, will have a longer period to sign Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.
Seeing the potential mutual benefit, the Mets and Cespedes’ representatives changed the clause in his contract that would have given the Mets only five days after the World Series ended to sign him long term or not be able to do so again until May 15, The Post has learned.
There has been a lot of consternation in Mets Fan Land about whether the Mets would truly try to re-sign Cespedes after the season. They still may not — the market is the market and Cespedes has been amazing in the second half — but there is no reason why the Mets would push for this change if they didn’t at least intend to be competitive in that market. If they didn’t care, they could have easily said “welp, he has that weird clause, and our hands were sort of tied and we would’ve been forced to bid in a vacuum on a very tight schedule!” Now they are on even footing with everyone.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”