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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

Jeurys Familia was absent from camp on Friday and Saturday dealing with MLB's ongoing investigation into his domestic violence incident >> Read more ...

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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Here is what we learned... 

  • Yoenis Cespedes is "driven" and "determined" to perform up to expectations this season. 
  • Cespedes is also relaxed and in great shape this year. 
  • David Wright is on schedule to throw either on Sunday or Monday, though he is not at camp Saturday. 
  • While he is not at camp Saturday and won't be there Sunday, Jeurys Familia is expected to return Monday
  • The team has not had this much depth since Collins has been manager of the team. 
  • Collins is excited and has nervous energy for Sunday's first official full team practice. 

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Saturday that he is more comfortable heading into this season because of his contract extension and that he believes the Mets have "a great chance" to win the World Series as long as the team stays healthy.

"Having [the extension] really gives me a sense of calm knowing that I am no longer year to year and that my home is here with the Mets for the next four years," he said, adding that it gives him tranquility and he can prepare and focus better. 

 

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Yoenis Cespedes (Image Credits: USA Today Sports)
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Yoenis Cespedes (Image Credits: USA Today Sports)

Sandy Alderson recently told the New York Post that he has no issue with Yoenis Cespedes playing golf during the season, since it has no impact on his ability to play baseball.

Cespedes posted a photo of himself golfing last summer as he was simultaneously missing time on field with a leg injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list.

"Last year there was an unfortunate juxtaposition between the golf and the leg injury that didn't sit well with some fans, and wasn't looked on favorably by the media," Alderson explained in a lengthy interview with Steve Serby. "I don't think there was any real connection between the two."

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)

If available, I would be buying stock in Yoenis Cespedes.

I think he's going to be a monster this season, lead the Mets to a franchise-best third consecutive postseason and get - at least - several MVP votes.

To say I have lofty expectations for Cespedes is an understatement. The thing is, from what I'm hearing, they pale in comparison to what he expects from himself.

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Alderson talks Mets offseason 00:05:50
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the BNNY panel to discuss the moves he made in the offseason.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest on Tuesday night's edition of Baseball Night in New York on SNY.

Alderson addressed several topics from what he called an "unusual" offseason.

When asked how he felt the team might improve this season given he will be bringing back essentially the same roster, Alderson pointed to health playing a key role. He specifically cited the health of the starting rotation, with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom each coming off surgeries and Steven Matz missing time last season.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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Should Mets trade Lagares? 00:02:58
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Mets should trade Juan Lagares.

Teams are interested in trading for Mets OF Juan Lagaresaccording to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, 27, will make $4.5 million this season and is owed an additional $25 million through 2020, after which he can be a free agent.

He hit .239 with a .301 OBP and .380 SLG in 79 games last season while missing time due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Lagares also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League, the team confirmed to multiple reporters in November. Team doctors later examined him in New York and found no reason for concern. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes told NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan that he was in a lot of pain last season while playing through the leg injury that eventually sent him to the disabled list.

However, he's 100 percent healthy, happy, and ready for 2017.

"I am the only one who knew how much pain I was in,'' Cespedes admitted to Kernan. "I was trying to mask it, trying to play through it and do as much as I could to help the team. After the games, I was icing to try to be on the field as much as I could.''

In addition to playing less golf this winter, Cespedes has already been doing personalized workouts with the team's senior advisor of strength and conditioning, Mike Barwis, in Port St. Lucie.

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GEICO SportsNite: Cespedes 00:01:05
Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Port St.Lucie for an early start to Spring Training.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is already working out with teammates at the organization's training facility at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.

He told SNY on Wednesday that he's happy to finally have a multi-year deal, and he's looking forward to playing hard and no longer worrying about his future.

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Cespedes and his Lamborghini 00:01:08
Yoenis Cespedes rolls into Mets camp Wednesday in a customized Lamborghini Aventador.

Last spring training, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes put on a personal, custom car show in the team's parking lot, which quickly became the talk of camp, as well as throughout the baseball world.

Cespedes drove seven different modes of transportation, including a horse, to Tradition Field from his home in Vero Beach. The parade also included a Ford F-250, two custom Polaris Slingshots, a Lamborghini Aventador, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and a Jeep Wrangler, all customized by Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm in Doral, Florida.

Earlier this week, Vega posted the following to Twitter and Instagram, teasing what he and Cespedes might have in the works this year when players arrive in to camp next month...

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes and his brother, Yoelkis (Credit: ElNuevoHerald.com)
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes and his brother, Yoelkis (Credit: ElNuevoHerald.com)

Yoelkis Cespedes, the 19-year-old brother of New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, is slated to play for Cuba in the Caribbean Series, which begins Feb. 1 in Mexico.

Yoelkis has played in Cuba for much of his young career, scouts told the New York Post's Dan Martin, and the series is likely the first time he will get international exposure.

The Caribbean series features teams from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The championship is on Feb. 7.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)

 

Yoenis Cespedes ranked second on MLB Network's Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now!, which premiered Sunday on the MLB Network.

Noah Syndergaard ranked ninth on their Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!

Cespedes finished one spot ahead of Starling Marte (Pirates) and one spot behind Ryan Braun (Brewers), while Syndergaard finished between Zack Greinke (D-backs) and Johnny Cueto (Giants).

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders in camp, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

Alderson indicated it would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson, instead of Bruce, because the Mets need Granderson to play center field.

In the event Bruce starts the season in a Mets uniform, he'll presumably remain a midseason trade candidate. However, for at least a couple of the month, Terry Collins may find himself with a jam-packed outfield. How might they juggle four every day players - Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Granderson and Bruce - for three spots? And, do it in a way that maximizes their production?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the best left fielder in baseball, anonymous MLB scouts and team executives recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

In late-November, Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract, which -- so far -- is the only nine-figure deal given to a free agent this offseason.

"They don't have a lot of lineup depth or power, which underscores the importance of Cespedes's production for them," Olney explains. "While his defense has been in clear regression, his ability to throw still makes him a weapon."

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Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Based on two popular projection systems (Steamer and ZiPS), as well as comparable players during the last 50 years, Yoenis Cespedes should perform well during his four-year contract with the Mets, which is probably why they were comfortable giving him $110 million.

ZiPS projects Cespedes for 4.0 WAR in 2017. Similarly, his comparable players stayed productive all four seasons averaging .275, a .339 OBP and .484 slugging each year.

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Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Granderson will likely begin next season in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters earlier this week at the MLB Winter Meetings.

As a result, Collins said Michael Conforto will likely spend most of his time in right field, while occasionally filling in for Granderson in center, where Juan Lagares will also get time.

In late November, general manager Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a back-up first baseman.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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What is the ideal Mets outfield? 00:02:33
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Mets Hot Stove discusses the team's outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Are they likelier to trade Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes

Steve Gelbs interviews Cespedes 00:03:25
SNY's Steve Gelbs caught up with Yoenis Cespedes after the press conference announcing his resigning with the Mets

The Mets reintroduced OF Yoenis Cespedes during a press conference at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon.

"The last two years in Mets history have been about winning," GM Sandy Alderson said. "It has been clear that when Yoenis Cespedes plays for the Mets, the Mets win."

After COO Jeff Wilpon presented him with a Mets jersey, Cespedes weighed in on his return, saying he was "very proud to once again be back with the New York Mets."

Cespedes said Mets fans have "made New York feel like home," adding that his "goal will be to bring back another World Series championship to this team, to the fans, and the organization"

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BNNY on Cespedes deal 00:06:48
The BNNY panel discusses the ramifications of the Mets' deal with Yoenis Cespedes, who agreed to a four-year, $110-million deal.

The Mets have announced their four-year deal with OF Yoenis Cespedes and will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Citi Field, which will air live on SNY.

The deal will be worth $110 million, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

"Yoenis is a dynamic player who can beat you in many ways," Mets manager Terry Collins said in a press release. "It's a great holiday present for the Mets to know he'll be in the middle of our lineup. He makes everyone around him better."

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Hernandez on Cespedes signing 00:04:53
Keith Hernandez joins BNNY to give his take on the Cespedes deal.

Keith Hernandez joins Baseball Night in New York to share his thoughts about the New York Mets and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes agreeing to a four-year, $110 million deal and what it means for the team going forward.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
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Shortly after news broke that Yoenis Cespedes would be returning, Mets players began taking to social media to react.

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In today's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone and Rob Brender celebrate the return of Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, after which they discuss what's next, such as exploring signing Dexter Fowler or trading Jay Bruce to the Blue Jays for Russel Martin...

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Yoenis Cespedes returns to Mets 00:06:39
SNY Mets reporter Steve Gelbs reacts to the Mets re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract.

SNY's Steve Gelbs discusses the return of Yoenis Cespedes, who agreed to a four-year deal with the Mets on Tuesday...

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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

The Mets could pursue Tigers OF J.D. Martinez via trade if they fail to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Heyman notes that Cespedes remains the Mets' top target.

Martinez, 29, hit .307 with a .373 OBP and .535 SLG with 22 HR and 68 RBI in 120 games last season for the Tigers.

The Mets have already discussed potential trades with the Tigers, with Jay Bruce being a possibility to head to Detroit if the Mets re-sign Cespedes, reports SNY contributor Andy Martino.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.

"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."

Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.

With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Hot Stove: CBA changes 00:01:56
Mets Hot Stove talks about the potential changes to Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

In case you haven't noticed, Yoenis Cespedes is a free agent and the rumor mill is silent. It's quiet. I'll get to Yo in a second. However, in regards to the overall hot stove, know that what I've been saying for a few weeks is very much in effect, which is that big-spending teams are essentially in a freeze until owners and the player's union settle on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The two sides must agree on a new deal by Dec. 1, or risk a potential work stoppage, which was hinted in multiple reports last week >> Read more here.

For instance, there's a chance the new CBA eliminates the qualifying offer/free-agent compensation system, and that the luxury tax threshold increases, both of which make a big difference in the type of deal a team might hand out to a possible player. So, we wait...

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Will Yo return to the Mets? 00:05:08
The BNNY panel discusses if Yoenis Cespedes' fate with the Mets will depend on whether the team offers him a five-year contract.

The BBNY panel discusses if Yoenis Cespedes' fate with the Mets will depend on whether the team offers a five-year deal...

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Why do MLB insiders believe Yoenis Cespedes can get a five-year deal this winter, when he couldn't get one last year when he was a year younger? What changed?

Baseball operations people tell me he is now being viewed as far more of a reliable right-handed power hitter than he was a year ago (and at previous trade deadlines), mostly because of what he's been able to do under the bright lights of New York for 18 months during two playoff races...

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The Yankees are not pursuing free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes, who MLB insiders believe could eventually get a five-year contract this winter...


Video: Are Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets fated for a reunion?


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Nov 23 | 8:45 AM

The Yankees have no intention of signing Cespedes, sources recently told the Daily News. Instead, they are focused on signing free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman, acquiring a starting pitcher and signing a designated hitter.

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Four more years for Cespedes? 00:03:05
The DNL panel discusses the recent report that the Mets would be willing to pay Yoenis Cespedes between $100 and $110 million.

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The Mets are unwilling to offer more than a four-year deal to Yoenis Cespedes, who wants at least a five-year contract, according to multiple reports.

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Mets are willing to give a four-year deal to free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes, but - with other teams interested - he may command at least a five-year contract...

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Free-agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Yoenis Cespedes (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Free-agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Yoenis Cespedes (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

Free-agent 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion turned down a four-year, $80 million deal from the Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag.

The Blue Jays recently signed free-agent DH Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract, though Heyman believes they still have interest in Encarnacion to be their first basemen.

Encarnacion, who turns 34 years old in January, hit .263 with a .357 OBP and .529 SLG with 42 HR and 127 RBI this past season for Toronto.

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The New York Yankees made yet another trade of a high-priced veteran when they shipped Brian McCann to Houston for a pair of right-handed pitching prospects on Thursday. The move infused increased chatter in the industry concerning left fielder Brett Gardner's tenure in the Bronx.

Gardner, 33. has been front and center in trade rumors since he signed his four-year, $52 million contract (contains a team option worth $12.5 million, $2.5 million buyout for 2019) before the 2015 season. Gardner has slowed down in recent seasons, but the $24 million remaining on his deal over the next two seasons is still a team-friendly situation. 

However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been open to trading anyone in the system if it makes sense for the organization's future. This is where a multitude of scenarios arise.

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The Mets and free-agent Yoenis Cespedes have both said they want a deal done before the MLB Winter Meetings, which begin in 14 days. So, if the two sides are going to reach an agreement, it's going to have to happen soon.

Here are my answers to three most common questions being sent to me, with regards to Cespedes and his future with the Mets...

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The Yankees could free up money to make a run at free agent OF Yoenis Cespedes, who wants to return to the Mets, who would love to have him back...


Cespedes (52) hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning at Nationals Park. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Weekend Updates...

Nov. 20 | 5:03PM

The Yankees could end up making a major free-agent signing, such as Cespedes, who becomes a better fit if they first trade Brett Gardner, according to FoxSports.com MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal.

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Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches a walk off solo home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches a walk off solo home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will likely speak again with the representatives for Yoenis Cespedes, now that they have more payroll flexibility after trading Brian McCann to the Astros.

"I'm sure we'll talk again," Cashman said, according to James Wagner of the New York Times. "Now that we have more flexibility, it gives us more choices."

Last week during baseball's GM Meetings, Cashman downplayed his interest in Cespedes saying conversations to that point were a simply a routine introduction more than a negotiation.

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a fifth-inning, three-run, home run in a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a fifth-inning, three-run, home run in a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will likely reconvene with the representatives for free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after the team shed payroll by trading catcher Brian McCann on Thursday.

Cashman reached out to Cespedes' agents, as well as Jose Bautista's at the GM Meetings, though he downplayed it by saying he was doing his due diligence.

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned free-agent OF Jose Bautista and 1B-OF Steve Pearce as the type of players he might pursue if he's unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio on Wednesday that he sees three ways to get right-handed power back in to the team's lineup next season.

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Free agent OF Yoenis Cespedes has texted the organization and indicated his interest in coming back, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said during an appearance on WOR 710 on Wednesday.


Cespedes (52) hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning at Nationals Park. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


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Nov 16 | 6:35 PM

Sandy Alderson said he has not had any direct contact with Cespedes since the season ended, though Cespedes reached out to the organization to express his desire to return.

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Basically, free-agent Yoenis Cespedes and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) currently have the Hot Stove on ice.

Frankly, if I had a dollar for every MLB insider that has said this to me during the last week, I could sign Cespedes...


Cubs OF Dexter Fowler and Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (Credit: USA Today Sports)

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jose Reyes wants the Mets to retain Yoenis Cespedes, who recently became an unrestricted free agent, he told the NY Post on Tuesday.

"Every team needs a player like Cespedes in the lineup,'' Reyes said about Cespedes. "He's a game-changer. I tried to talk to him to better convince him to coming back, but that is something I can't control. Not only me, but every player on our ballclub wants him back."

Granderson, who was with Reyes at an event at MS 72 in Queens, said Cespedes seems comfortable as a Met.

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This winter's top-tier free agent hitters are all asking for at least a five-year deal, which includes Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Turner, Edwin Encarnacion and Ian Desmond.

In the end, MLB insiders still expect Cespedes to land a $100 million contract, though people still seem split on whether it'll be for four or five years...

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New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, currently a free agent, has been awarded his first National League Silver Slugger Award, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday evening.

Cespedes appeared in 132 games for the Mets in 2016 and hit .280 with 31 HRs and 86 RBIs.

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he wants to see the Mets score more runs next season, which would subsequently help lessen the load on the back of their bullpen.

"We weren't scoring a lot of runs, but still winning games, which meant we were playing close games," which led to frequently using Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, he explained. "So, having a better offense will help us."

Alderson hopes to get free-agent Yoenis Cespedes back in a Mets uniform next season, and he's been in regular contact with the player's agent, he told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona on Thursday >> Read the latest on Yo here!

However, while at this week's GM Meetings in Arizona, teams also expressed interest in acquiring Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Curtis Grandersonsources told Newsday's Marc Carig.

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Here's what I believe is going on, based on conversations this week with MLB insiders, agents, reporters and back-channels ...

Assuming he wants to return, which they believe he does, the Mets have politely asked free-agent Yoenis Cespedes to enter meaningful negotiations within the next week or so, because they'd like to know if he's returning to them or not before the Winter Meetings.


Cespedes (52) tosses his bat after a home run at Citi Field (Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

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Sandy Alderson wants to bring back Yoenis Cespedes, who officially became a free agent this past weekend when he opted out of his three-year deal with the Mets.


Cespedes (52) hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning at Nationals Park. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


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Nov. 9 | 7:10 PM

The White Sox, Giants, Nationals and Dodgers are all expected to show at least some interest in Cespedes this winter, Matthew Cerrone wrote Nov. 7 on MetsBlog.

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