Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was "strongly considering" an offer from the Houston Astros before he re-signed with the Mets in November of 2016, which was one of the reasons why the Mets offered him a no-trade clause, reports John Harper of the New York Daily News.
Cespedes, who ultimately signed a four-year, $110 million contract, had a priority list consisting of three main factors, according to the report: He wanted to play with a contender; he sought a no-trade clause; and wanted to train near his ranch in Florida.
Furthermore, Cespedes did not enjoy playing for then-manager Terry Collins -- and that was said said to be a significant factor.
"We actually thought that might be a big reason he was considering playing for the Astros," a Mets' person told Harper. "There were a few issues, and Cespedes wasn't the only player; Terry didn't communicate as well his last couple of years."
Cespedes was traded to the Mets in July of 2015 and re-signed in January of 2016 with a three-year deal, but opted out in November.
The 32-year-old Cespedes, who is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip injury, is hitting .255 with 28 RBI and eight home runs in 37 games for the Mets this season.