NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yoenis Cespedes will not be a Met in 2016.
No, that’s not official. Cespedes, a free agent, is still without a team and remains on the market. But sources have told CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman that the signing of Alejandro De Aza all but ended any chance that Cespedes will be re-signed.
Heyman reports that the Mets only briefly looked into signing Cespedes, who was acquired by general manager Sandy Alderson from Detroit on July 31. And now club officials have moved on.
Heyman reports that the Mets are still looking to add a right-handed bat — not named Cespedes — who can play the outfield. One potential option is Steve Pearce, according to Heyman.
The 32-year-old hit .218 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in just 92 games for the Orioles last season.
The Mets discussed offering Cespedes a two- or three-year deal at some point this offseason, Heyman reports, but Cespedes is said to be looking for five or six years.
Cespedes turned the Mets’ offense around after coming to Queens at the trade deadline. In 57 games for New York, the 30-year-old hit .287 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. Overall, he hit .291 with 35 blasts and 105 RBIs.
In addition to De Aza, the Mets have signed Asdrubal Cabrera and traded for Neil Walker. Daniel Murphy, who had a historic postseason for the Amazin’s, has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Nationals.