Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported Friday afternoon that free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is deciding between 5 yr./90 million (plus option year) from Baltimore and signing a one-year deal with the Mets and becoming a free agent in a year.
Stephen Guilbert: If I'm Cespedes, knowing that Carlos Gomez is my only competition in an extremely weak free agent outfield class next year, a one year deal looks mighty enticing, especially if that one year can be played in a massive media market with a championship-seeking team. However, he is coming off of the best season of his career, Baltimore lets his power play up (and he would play a corner position instead of out-of-position in center) and five guaranteed years is a lot better than one year.
While Cespedes would risk a bad or injured season and less money a year from now, he also has the opportunity to prove two things by taking the Mets deal: 1.) He can play CF well. 2.) His smoking hot August wasn't an outlier and he actually did take steps forward as a hitter in 2015.
Take the one year, Yoenis.
UPDATE (1:52 PM): Jon Heyman reporting that the Mets do not have a one year offer currently on the table but are willing to discuss shorter (1-3 year deals) if Cespedes backs off his longer contract desires.