While Yoenis Cespedes could fetch a five-year contract in free agency, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets would be uncomfortable with that and would much rather give the star outfielder a four-year deal in the range of $100-110 million.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that the team would like to resolve the Cespedes situation before the conclusion of the Winter Meetings on December 8. Last year, the Mets waited out Cespedes’s market until late January to sign him, but Alderson noted that they do not have that luxury this year.
This is not the first time that the Mets have not wanted to go an extra year on a free agent. In 2014, they only wanted to give Curtis Granderson a three-year deal. They wound up giving in to Granderson’s demands and added an extra year the deal in order to sign him. Whether or not they’ll have to do the same for Cespedes will likely be determined soon.