Where does Yoenis Cespedes go from here?

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Chris Davis has reportedly reached agreement on a seven-year, $161 million contract to return to the Orioles. This presumably takes a potential landing spot off the table for Yoenis Cespedes, who was mulling a five-year, $90 million offer from the club. Where does Cespedes go from here?

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Cespedes was weighing the Orioles’ offer against the knowledge that he could return to the Mets on a one-year/short-term deal. The Mets haven’t made a formal offer, but the thought is that they are open to such a scenario. The thing is, if Cespedes is truly receptive to signing a short-term deal, there are likely a handful of teams who would also be interested and could potentially offer a higher guarantee. It’s far from a given that he’s returning to Queens. And heck, he still may end up getting the lucrative long-term deal he covets.

Where things get tricky is when you try to think of the teams who could be in the mix here. The Braves have reportedly expressed interest in Cespedes while teams like the Tigers, White Sox, and Cardinals could have an opening for an outfielder. The Angels have also been mentioned as a possibility, but they are reportedly reluctant to go over the luxury tax threshold. The other big variable here is that Justin Upton and Dexter Fowler are also still trying to find homes.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).