Don't count out the New York Mets just yet. Right as it seemed that Yoenis Cespedes was going to take a reported five-year, $100 million deal from the Washington Nationals, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Cespedes was mulling over a return to New York for less money and years.
According to two sources with knowledge of his thinking, he prefers to stay with the Mets.
This morning, ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed that the Mets and Cespedes were back in contact and were discussing a deal.
Sources: Mets, Cespedes discussing an opt-out clause after the 1st year of a three-year deal. Would allow him to test market again Fall '16.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 22, 2016
Expectation among some parties in the talks is that Cespedes will make his choice in the next 24 to 48 hours.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 22, 2016
Since the beginning, the Mets have made it clear that three years was the highest that they were willing to go in order to bring Cespedes back to the Big Apple. As the winter played out, that dream became more and more likely, with no real suitors jumping into the mix.
Now with the Nationals putting a big contract on the table, Mets fans thought this was where the dream was going to end. Yet, even with this reported offer on the table, Cespedes remains unsigned and wants to talk to the Mets about a return. And it seems possible that he's willing to leave money on the table so that he can return to New York.