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Mets Morning News: Lacking long-term offers, could Yoenis Cespedes return?

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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

We learned yesterday morning that the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis agreed to a seven-year, $161 million contract, which renewed hope that the Mets might bring back Yoenis Cespedes.

While the Orioles had made a five-year offer to Cespedes, the latest rumor is that, like the Mets and White Sox, they would only be interested in the outfielder on a short-term deal.

Mike Puma of the Post added that the Mets "see the Cespedes situation as getting interesting."

In the Daily News, John Harper writes that the Mets must find a way to sign Cespedes. There are some good details about his time with the Mets in there, too, and a mention that the Mets chose to sign Alejandro De Aza rather than other center field "partly to leave the door open in case a certain outfielder fell in their lap."

Cubs co-owner Tom Ricketts called Mets fans obnoxious.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball takes a look at whether or not the Nationals are done making moves for the 2016 season.

Around Major League Baseball

In case you missed it, the Kansas City Royals signed Ian Kennedy—who had a 4.25 ERA and 84 ERA+ over the past three seasons—to a five-year, $70 million contract.

Yesterday at AA

Greg Karam continued our countdown of the Mets' top twenty-five prospects for 2016 with #10: Chris Flexen.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 2012, the Mets signed former Met killer Willie Harris.