It feels like Cespedes wants to remain a Met beyond this season
This is really, really good news.
When the Mets acquired Yoenis Cespdes from the Tigers, there was all the initial excitement that comes with trading for a major superstar.
But then, as Mets fans learned more about their new favorite player, there was some cause for a more reserved type of excitement.
Cespedes has a bizarre contract that really limits the chances that the Mets will be able to resign him.
Until now, that is.
Cespedes will be a free agent after this season; that much remains true. But in his original contract, the Cuban superstar had a clause that said that the Mets could only resign him within 5 days of the end of the World Series. If they failed to do so, they would have to wait until May 15 to sign him, making it virtually impossible for the Mets to retain their big bat unless they wanted to make him an offer he couldn't refuse before other teams could enter the market.
All of that contract jargon meant it was likely this was a rental.
We've known since we got Cespedes that it was extremely probable that he'd only be a Met through the end of this season. He's going to get PAID in the offseason given his crazy hot streak since joining the Amazin's (and he'll deserve every dollar), and the Mets aren't usually the kind of team to make huge offers to big-name studs.
However, it came out as news today, just a short while ago, that the Mets and Cespedes have restructured his contract. Now, the 5-day post-World Series window is gone, and the Mets can make offers to Cespedes like any other team might.
What does this mean?
It (might) mean that Cespedes actually wants to remain a Met.
It's easy to see why, honestly. He's represented by Jay-Z's agency, meaning he has natural ties to the city. He's a huge superstar with a big personality, and players like that tend to like it in the Big Apple (remind you of anyone?). He's playing amazing baseball, and Mets fans have taken an immediate liking to him, praising him as their savior and the best hitter the team has had in a decade. Plus, Cespedes's English is not great; it's got to be nice for him to live in New York where Spanish speakers are on every corner, as opposed to a place like Detroit, which I imagine is very isolating.
It's a great sign that the Mets and Cespedes's representatives are having successful negotiations. Even if the conversation about a long-term contract hasn't come up yet, it's important that GM Sandy Alderson strike up a positive relationship with Cespedes's agents, making the pair that much more likely to want to work together in the future.
Does this suddenly mean it's likely that Cespedes signs a long-term deal with the Mets? No.
But it does mean that there's a chance, whereas at this time yesterday, no one would have really said that.