Sorry for not being around the past few days, but this recovery business is taking longer and more grueling than I thought.
Spring training is a month away and hopefully I’ll be closer to being on my game by then. I can’t begin to express how much I want to be there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
With that in mind, I’d like to weigh in on Yoenis Cespedes – again.
I recently wrote I believed the Mets still had a shot at re-signing Cespedes if they practiced patience and let the market come back to them. The Cespedes market shrunk by two teams this week when Baltimore brought back Chris Davis and Detroit signed Justin Upton.
The Angels were reportedly interested, but the luxury tax is putting them off. That in itself should dispel the notion there’s such a thing as free agency. (That’s another column for another day.)
However, that doesn’t mean the Cespedes market has completely dried up. Houston, the White Sox, Atlanta and the Mets are reportedly still in play.
Neither the Mets nor the White Sox want to go longer than three years, and both would prefer less. If the Mets continue to play the waiting game, Cespedes might fall back into their laps.
However, there are reasons why Cespedes remains on the market: he has a career .319 on-base percentage, which should concern Mets GM Sandy Alderson; at 30, he’s already played with four teams; there’s questions about his persona; his reported opening salary demands of seven years and $150 million scared teams out of the box; what he did for the Mets is considered a fluke by some; and finally, there’s always the possibility he might lose his incentive with a long-term deal.
Clearly, the Mets are aware of those flaws, which should put them off. But, if they really want Cespedes, they need to keep waiting.
And, hold to their guns of not giving more than three years. And, be willing to accept they could get burned.