The Yoenis Cespedes saga rages on.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that the Nationals are “pressing” to get a deal done with Cespedes and are willing to offer somewhere around five years and $100 million. Meanwhile, the division-rival Mets reportedly won’t go beyond three years and have yet to make an official offer.
Cespedes potentially landing in D.C. is the worst-case scenario for Mets fans, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that there might be some hope yet:
According to two sources with knowledge of his thinking, he prefers to stay with the Mets.
The lead agent for Cespedes, CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen, remains in touch with the Mets, and the two sides are scheduled to speak again on Friday, sources said.
The Mets have made it clear that they have no interest in doing a long-term deal for Cespedes. In fact, Rosenthal hears that the club is waiting to hear from Van Wagenen that Cespedes is willing to accept a deal of three years or fewer before even opening official negotiations. Would Cespedes’ desire to stay in New York be enough to pass up a larger guarantee from the Nationals?
As I said on Twitter earlier today, I don’t doubt that that talks between the Nationals and Cespedes are serious, but if there was any way to potentially force the Mets to act, this could be it. The fan response is already overwhelming and Cespedes hasn’t signed with anyone yet. From the opposite side, you have to wonder how much of this “Cespedes prefers Mets” angle is strategic. This could be an effort to try to squeeze more money out of the Nationals. Playing these two NL East clubs off each other could make this mighty interesting.