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Yoenis Cespedes has big ambitions for 2017

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The Mets’ best hitter says he wants to force himself into the MVP conversation.

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Remember the two months after the 2015 trade deadline when Yoenis Cespedes set the National League ablaze with a barrage of home runs? That was fun, right? Remember he crushed his way into the MVP conversation, even though he had barely spent a month in the Senior Circuit? Of course you do, and apparently Cespedes does, too.

The Mets slugger tells the New York Post that he has his eyes on the NL MVP trophy. To reach that goal, Cespedes still has some hurdles to jump, but he’s on the right track. He finished a career-high 8th in the voting last season, hitting .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs.

Cespedes will have to take his game to another level to truly be in contention for the award. Over the past two full seasons, he’s hit .286/.340/.537 with 66 total home runs, which is very good. But he’d probably need to be a notch above that level of production to have a legitimate shot at being the National League MVP.