Unfortunately for Mets fans, it appears as if their last memory of Yoenis Cespedes will be of him hobbling off the field on one leg. According to Adam Rubin, "the Mets are expected to modestly pursue Yoenis Cespedes, but a team official told ESPN.com it is highly likely he signs elsewhere."
In mid-September, Cespedes talked about his free agency, and what he was looking for.
"My only hope is to stay healthy. 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."
While Cespedes had a clause in his contract changed so that the Mets could negotiate with him beyond the five-day window after the World Series, his stellar play in the second half of the season has likely made him too expensive for New York.
Unfortunately for the Mets, not only does it appear that Cespedes won't be returning, but they also won't be able to extend a qualifying offer.
No. (1) Not typical FA since he was released after 4 years of MLB service. (2) Players traded in-season ineligible. https://t.co/n1VQN8wv9L— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) November 2, 2015
Trading for Cespedes was undoubtedly one of the best acquisitions of the 2015 trade deadline, but it seems that it will be nothing more than a rental.