According to the report in the New York Post, the Mets, too, would like to reach an agreement with Cespedes sooner than later. However, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday that he’s hearing the Mets are waiting it out to ensure they don’t overpay.
“They’re like most teams — they want to be shown what they have to pay,” Heyman said. “They don’t jump outfront and say, ‘We have to have this guy.’ That’s not them. There aren’t that many teams doing that these days that are just jumping out.”
The Post article did not name the other teams in serious pursuit of Cespedes. Heyman said he believes the Dodgers, Giants and Nationals are likely the Mets’ biggest competition.
Cespedes opted out of the final two years and $47.5 million of the three-year contract he signed with the Mets in January.
In his first full season with New York, Cespedes, 30, batted .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs.