MLB Trade Rumor: Yoenis Cespedes Not Shortlisted By Yankees; Already Replaced By Evan Longoria In Mets?
Yoenis Cespedes, the top free agent of the season is on the hot seat right now. Rumor has it that he is not in the free agent plan of the New York Yankees yet he has already been replaced by his former team, New York Mets.
The news sounds gray for the star player as just recently, there were a lot of talks that several teams want to acquire him.
According to NY Daily News, Cespedes is not part of the Yankees winter spending plan even if Yankees General Manager said last week that he is talking to the players' agents.
He said that they are focusing on bringing back Cuban lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman as well as former Yankees player Carlos Beltran.
Cashman said, "I would not rule out (bringing Beltran back). I've talked to Beltran's agent. If you name any player, I'll probably say I've talked to him. Carlos did a great job for us. Tremendous performer this year and a leader. Despite his age, he's still productive."
It can be remembered that Cashman traded Beltran to Texas a few seasons back. But unlike Beltran, Yoenis Cespedes return to the Mets is grim as rumor has it that the team has replaced him with Evan Longoria.
NJ.com reported that the idea first started when David Wright had another injury during the summer and the option was brought up by Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe in a column on 15 players with big contracts.
Now, why would the Mets want Longoria? Longoria has his best season this year. He hit 36 home runs, drove in 98 runs and posted a .273/.318/.541 slash line. Although the record is slightly below Cespedes with a record of (.280/.354/.530) in 2016, the difference is not that far.
Both are the same age and playing well respectively. Will the Mets forego Cespedes and choose Longoria instead? Or maybe they still have other options in mind.
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