According to a Mets source who spoke to the New York Daily News, the slugger has told some people that he won’t be back. But that same source said Cespedes told others within the organization that he loves playing with the Mets and expects to return.
Cespedes entered last offseason as a free agent and was seeking a long-term contract, but he settled for a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that included an opt-out clause after the first season.
Cespedes has until three days after the World Series to exercise the option.
“You have to believe he will,” the Mets source told the Daily News. “It makes no financial sense for him not to, but we don’t know.”
There has been speculation that Cespedes could be offered a $200 million contract on the open market.
In his first full season with the Mets, Cespedes, 30, batted .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs. He, however, was slowed by a quad injury for much of the year.
Cespedes was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Mets’ 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday night’s National League wild-card game.