Report: Yoenis Cespedes will be searching for at least a six-year deal

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ESPN’s Marly Rivera interviewed Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. In that interview, the soon-to-be free agent told Rivera that he will be searching for a contract of at least six years in length.

It’s not a particularly shocking detail, but it does give the Mets an idea of how big of a contract they’d need to offer to keep Cespedes in Queens. The slugger, since joining the Mets, is batting .295/.345/.661 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI. Overall, including his time with the Tigers, he has an .885 OPS, 35 home runs, and 103 RBI. All are career-highs for the 29-year-old.

Cespedes is just about at the end of a four-year, $36 million deal signed with the Athletics in February 2012 after he defected from Cuba. He will be one of the most sought after outfielders in free agency this off-season along with Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.