New York Yankees Rumors: Yoenis Cespedes to Bronx Bombers?

By E Sarmiento, Posted: 09/21/16 06:24AM EDT
Minnesota Twins v New York Mets
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after a catch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field on September 18, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.(Photo : Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The New York Mets consider Yoenis Cespedes as a cornerstone of the franchise, but recent reports seem to indicate that the Cuban slugger might move to another team, with the Yankees being mentioned as a possible destination.

MLB columnist Jim Duquette recently tagged the New York Yankees as viable suitors for the services of Cespedes. And with the option to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, Cespedes might be looking to get paid more than the $47.5M he's owed over two years.

With Cespedes' production for the Mets this year, he might be able to command $100M for four years. The outfielder is said to be looking for long-term security, thus the reason for a four-year contract.

The 31-year -old is in the conversation for NL Most Valuable Player, and he has a couple of good seasons in him to lead a team's offense. He's a slugger that still provides competent defense in the outfield, and his quadriceps injury is something that might not bother suitors come free agency.

The free-agent market for outfielders is pretty thin come 2017. With only Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo joining Cespedes on the list for top-flight outfielders, Cespedes might get the long-term contract he wants.

He has said that he likes New York and the Mets system, and hasn't made any moves to prove otherwise. On his part, Cespedes has publicly said that he wants to remain a Met for the foreseeable future, but has remained coy if he will test free agency waters.

"I've said it before: My intentions, of course, are to be here for three years and if I can spend the rest of my career with the Mets I would," Cespedes said. Currently, the Mets are fighting for a wildcard berth in the competitive NL, and Cespedes is looking into propelling the Mets into the playoffs.

Right now, the Mets know that Cespedes is the man who will carry them deep into the playoffs, and are looking to step onto the World Series for a second straight year. This might be enough leverage for Cespedes to angle a hefty and long-term contract, while staying with a fan base that has learned to love his game.

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