NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Yoenis Cespedes' acquisition on July 31 helped rescue the New York Mets’ moribund offense. Assistant GM John Ricco left little doubt on Sunday, though, that Cespedes was merely a rental.
Cespedes told ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera in September that he was seeking a deal of at least six years as a free agent this offseason.
“It’s unlikely right now that he ends up a Met,” Ricco said at the winter meetings. “I think that’s fair to say. I think we will end up meeting with his agent. Right now, I still think he’s looking at a deal that would be north of what we would consider.”
General manager Sandy Alderson nonetheless has been in contact with Cespedes’ representatives as recently as a week ago.
Cespedes, 30, hit .287 with 14 homers and 54 RBIs in 230 regular-season at-bats with the Mets after the trade from the Detroit Tigers for right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. However, Cespedes had a quiet World Series.
“Whether we have a specific meeting to talk about Cespedes, I’m not sure,” Ricco said. “They have other players. I imagine we’ll meet with them, and as part of that conversation his name will come up. I think right now, in talking with them, and getting feedback from Sandy, I would view it as pretty unlikely that we do anything with him. But you never know how the market is going to develop. So I wouldn’t rule it out completely.”