NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 10:50 PM
There is no indication the Mets are re-thinking their position on re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to anything but a short-term contract, and at this point that seems unlikely.
Yet GM Sandy Alderson apparently hasn’t given up on such a possibility. At least that’s what he indicated to season ticket-holders at an event at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
“We continue to have conversations with Cespedes’ agent,” Alderson told the fans, according to the Mets’ Twitter account. “That’s all I can say at this time.”
That may have been simply a vague way of saying nothing has changed. According to a source, the Mets have let the Roc Nation group know they’re interested only if the agents are willing to talk about a short-term deal, and so far that hasn’t been the case.
How the Tigers choosing Justin Upton over Cespedes on Monday impacts his market remains to be seen. Will a team offer him a contract similar to what the Tigers did Upton six years and $ 132.75 million?
There is clear interest among multiple teams, including the Mets, if Cespedes is willing to take a shorter-term deal. A source confirmed reports on Tuesday that the Nationals have expressed such interest, raising the possibility the NL East rivals could wind up with Cespedes as well as Daniel Murphy, the former Met second baseman whom they have already signed. But a handful of baseball executives and scouts polled on Tuesday still seemed convinced that some team will step forward to give Cespedes a five-year deal in the $ 100 million range.
MINOR-LEAGUER BANNED: Third baseman Eudor Garcia, with Single-A Columbia, has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.