Report: Yoenis Cespedes “weighing” Orioles vs. Mets offers

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com and Jon Heyman of MLB Network are both reporting that the Orioles have made Yoenis Cespedes a five-year offer thought to be in the $90 million range and now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is “believed to be weighing” that offer vs. a one-year offer to return to the Mets.

Cespedes might be disappointed in the lack of $100 million-plus offers he’s received as a free agent, but returning to the Mets would still be placing a very big bet on a) his having a strong 2016 season, and b) the market for him being a lot more robust next offseason. And considering he’s already coming off a career-best year–including a big second half with the Mets–that seems like an iffy assumption.

From the Orioles’ point of view they apparently see Cespedes as an alternative to Chris Davis, who’s taking his sweet time deciding on a long-term home despite Baltimore already offering him $150 million at the beginning of the offseason.