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Yoenis Céspedes probably needs a new plan

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The face of a man who needs a new plan.
The face of a man who needs a new plan.
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Things have changed a lot for Yoenis Céspedes in a short amount of time. Just a few days ago, Céspedes was reportedly deciding between a five-year deal with the Orioles, who had pursued him when talks stalled with Chris Davis, and a one-year deal to return to the Mets. When Davis signed a 7-year, $161 million contract with Baltimore, Céspedes saw both his longest and best offer disappear, and his bargaining power rapidly evaporate. In fact, the Orioles' offer was his only firm offer. The Mets had continued to stay in touch with Céspedes and his agent, but hadn't taken the plunge to make their interest official. Considering that Céspedes was seeking more money than Davis got, it's not hard to understand why. It's a moot point now; we'll never know if he would have chosen the concrete $90 million over five years or the promise of a one-year contract.

That one-year non-offer from the constantly cash-poor Mets may not just be a way for the team to control payroll. John Harper of the New York Daily News says Mets don't want Céspedes around long term because he can be a "headache." The reasons aren't new or surprising, with lack of hustle and lateness both on the list. Not a lot of headaches come with the benefits that Yoenis Céspedes does (at least I haven't had one), but the Mets aren't the only team that feels this way. Also from Harper's NYDN article, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was apparently vehemently against bringing Céspedes on board. Showalter wanted Baltimore to sign Justin Upton, but that obviously didn't fly with GM Dan Duquette.

It's possible that Céspedes could still end up with the Orioles, though. Despite Showalter's reservations, the Orioles may still be considering him on a much shorter contract. Whether he wants to do that after all that's gone down is a different story, though. And presumably, he'd want to get clarification about whether he's still eligible to get free crab legs for life. Right now would be a good time for other teams - and their local seafood restaurants - to get a move on, unless they want to risk Baltimore ending up with both Davis and Céspedes together.


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