It appears Yoenis Cespedes is looking for a long-term commitment…
A recent waiver will allow the New York Mets to negotiate with the 29-year-old Cuban professional baseball player and free-agent-to-be throughout the offseason.
It nonetheless will require a long-term commitment to re-sign him.
Cespedes will be seeking a contract of at least six years this winter, according to ESPN Deportes.
“My only hope is to stay healthy,” Cespedes said. “I’m not thinking about a contract, but I do know that I will be looking for a contract that is six years or more, has to be six years or more. We’ll see what happens.”
Asked if he thinks he will remain in New York, Cespedes said, “At the moment I’m not thinking about any of that … I’d say 50-50. We’ll see after the season ends.”
Cespedes, an outfielder, is hitting .289 with 17 homers and 42 RBIs in 44 games since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 31 for minor league right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. That performance has propelled Cespedes into the conversation for National League MVP.
Cespedes thought he was ineligible for the award after hearing many suggest he should not be considered because he has been with the Mets for only the final two months of the season. Told he actually is eligible, Cespedes nonetheless said a player who has been in the NL the entire season should receive the award.