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Mets rumors: Mets expected to make big push to sign Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets might open the vault to keep Cespedes in Queens for the long-term.

If the Mets have anything to say about it, the slugger could be wearing the orange and blue for a long time.
If the Mets have anything to say about it, the slugger could be wearing the orange and blue for a long time.
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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Mets are poised to join the likely bidding war that will ensue in the offseason for superstar Yoenis Cespedes. Earlier in the week, the Mets struck down one obstacle that might have prevented them from being a big player in the Cespedes sweepstakes.

The outfielder, acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, had a clause in his contract that gave the Mets a five-day window after the World Series to negotiate a new deal or release him. If a deal was not reached, Cespedes wouldn't have been able to sign with the Mets until May 15. However, the Mets and Cespedes's agent agreed to remove the clause, giving the Mets the same opportunity to sign him as all 29 others teams.

Heyman cites Cespedes's willingness to play center field as well as his clutch hitting as two reasons why the Mets want to have the Cuban outfielder in a Mets uniform for the long-term. However, the Mets have kept this news quiet to prevent fans from being disappointed if they fail to re-sign him.

The Cespedes situation is very similar to what transpired with catcher Mike Piazza. The Mets traded for Piazza in 1998 and after public outcry, the club signed him to a seven-year deal. When the Mets traded for Cespedes, Mets fan created a Go Fund Me page to raise money to re-sign the outfielder.

Cespedes has been white hot since he put on a Mets uniform, hitting .312/.357/.675 with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs in just 36 games. One can only imagine the numbers he might put up in a full season with the Mets.