It sounds unlikely that the Mets attempt to sign Yoenis Cespedes to a long-term contract this winter, according to report from ESPN. Cespedes is reportedly seeking at least a six-year contract, which would likely be worth well north of $100 million.
Cespedes said that he'd like to remain a Met after the Mets' World Series loss last night. After the Mets traded for him, the player and team agreed to alter the language in his contract that would have prevented the Mets from re-signing him this winter. The Mets still must technically release him, which means the team cannot give him a qualifying offer.
The outfielder hit .287/.337/.604 with 17 home runs in 57 regular season games with the Mets. He struggled in the postseason, hitting .222/.232/.352 in total despite hitting two home runs. Cespedes made a couple of defensive mistakes in the World Series that led to runs for the Royals and was doubled off first base on a soft Lucas Duda line drive to third base to end Game 4 of the series.