With every big hit Yoenis Cespedes gets for the Mets, fans rejoice because it means that good things are happening for the Mets. However, it also means that it will be a little bit tougher for the franchise to hold onto the man who has become its most valuable player this summer.
Cespedes told ESPN Deportes reporter Marly Rivera that he wants his next contract to be at least six years long. The outfielder's current deal expires after this season.
Even before Cespedes was interviewed about his future, there already much speculation about what kind of effort the Mets would put forth to keep him in New York beyond 2015. Although the club has been hesitant to sign players to long-term deals in recent years, there should be some extra cash on hand this winter thanks to increased attendance at Citi Field and the possibility of a long postseason run.
New York should also be free of financial obligations to Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy, both of whom are signed to contracts that expire following the 2015 campaign.
Cespedes has hit .294/.330/.555 overall this year and .295/.345/.661 since he was traded from Detroit to the Mets in exchange for minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. His bat has had an explosive impact on New York's offense in the present (and could in the future as well), but a long-term deal for the 29-year-old could further hamper an organization that has experienced financial difficulties for most of this decade.