I say take it with a grain of salt because nothing the Mets have said or done so far makes them seem terribly serious about bringing back Cespedes. Indeed, to the extent they have been mentioned in rumors at all it is almost always after something is reported about the Nationals’ interest or some comment from Cespedes or his people. Indeed, everything the Mets have done is more satisfactorily explained by them wanting to either (a) look like they’re involved to save face when he goes elsewhere; or (b) drive up the price some other team has to pay for him. If the Mets were super serious we’d be hearing about competitive offers on similar terms to that of the competition. Not three-year deals when he wants four or five. Not one-year opt-outs when he is on record saying that he wants to be in New York.
Cespedes is clearly using the Mets as a stalking horse too, of course. It’s business for everyone involved, not just the Mets. But I will refuse to believe that the Mets are invested in brining Cespedes back until the very moment there is a confirmed report that they have a deal with him.