NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to ESPN.com, it’s very unlikely that the Mets will re-sign slugger Yoenis Cespedes this winter.
The website reports that the organization hasn’t ruled it out, and it will pursue him, but the 30-year-old will likely be playing elsewhere in 2016.
Sandy Alderson acquired Cespedes from the Tigers right before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. He made an immediate impact in the middle of the Mets’ lineup, hitting .287 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles and 44 RBIs in 57 regular-season games.
The outfielder helped New York win its first division title since 2006.
Cespedes struggled in the postseason, however. He made some blunders in the field and on the bases, and batted just .222 with two homers and 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” Cespedes said through a translator after the Mets were eliminated by the Royals in the World Series on Sunday night. “A very special experience for me.”
The Cuban said he’d like to return to the Mets, but admitted that he doesn’t know what the future holds.
“It’s too early for that,” Cespedes said. “My agent told me that we’ll see what’s going on around December or so. It’s just too early.”
Cespedes recently told ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera that he wants his next contract to be for at least six years. He’s expected to command well over $100 million on the open market.