Will the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes negotiate now that free agent first baseman Chris Davis is remaining with the Orioles?
Any negotiations the former Met was having with the Orioles apparently will come to a halt with Baltimore reportedly agreeing to re-sign Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract.
The deal with Davis is pending a physical. Davis was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball in the 2014 season after testing positive for amphetamines associated with the drug Adderall.
The 30-year old Cespedes joined the Mets Aug. 1 and the team went 37-22 the rest of the way. Cespedes fizzled in the World Series, hitting .150 in the five-game loss to the Royals.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said he isn’t interested in a long term deal with the 30-year old Cespedes. The Mets may be willing to discuss a one-year arrangement--which would allow Cespedes to become a free agent after the 2016 season--but there is no indication an offer has been made. Cespedes could receive around $20 million in a one-year deal from potential suitors.
The Orioles were reported to have offered Cespedes $90 million for five years, still far below what Cespedes may have considered his value after outfielder Jason Heyward kicked off the lucrative free agent signings with an eight-year deal for $184 million with the Cubs.
Davis was believed to be headed elsewhere after the Orioles seemed frustrated that he did not accept a $150 million offer. Last season, Davis hit 47 home runs and drove in 117. He has 126 homers over the last three seasons.
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