(Chris Soto: Wow....the landscape for Yeonis has changed very quickly over the weekend. The Cespedes camp continues to search for a long term, high dollar value deal that just isn't there. Multiple reports around the league indicate that teams do not want him around long term due to bouts of "lack of hustle", "not taking batting practice", "constantly smoking cigarettes between innings". and occasional tardiness to team functions. The reps for Cespedes needs to scramble and come up with a gameplan that fits both Yeonis' immediate and long term financial goals because the current plan is flat out not working.)
Arbitration Filings- The Mets settled arbitration cases with 5 of their 9 eligible players. Figures are below. Juerys Familia, Lucas Duda, Jenrry Mejia, and Neil Walker have all exchanged figures with the club and will have hearings in February unless they come to an agreement before then.
RP Josh Edgin: Settled for $625k
SP Matt Harvey: Settled for $4.325M
RP Addison Reed: Settled for $5.3M
SS Ruben Tejada: Settled for $3.0M
RP Carlos Torres: Settled for $1.05M
RP Juerys Familia: Offered $3.3M, Asking for $4.8M
1B Lucas Duda: Offered $5.9M, Asking for $7.4M
RP Jenrry Mejia: Offered $2.345M, Asking for $2.595M
2B Neil Walker: Offered $9.4M, Asking for $11.8M
(Chris Soto: It's nice to see that Matt Harvey was willing to settle for a number that was below the 2016 expected forecast for him. On the flip side....a really bad look for Mejia to challenge the Mets on what they are offering him. Mejia wants to have the same salary in 2016 that he had in 2015, whereas, the Mets feel his salary should be reduced 10% as punishment for his PED usage. I have a feeling arbitrators are going to side with the Mets here....not so much because of the usage, more from the performance standpoint. His earning power has been reduced due to the fact that he is no longer the closer so his case is going to be viewed as a standard RP.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- The Baltimore Orioles, bidding against themselves, agreed to sign OF/1B/DH Chris Davis to a 7 yr deal worth $161M. The deal includes various provisions such as deferred payments with no interest, a no trade clause, and no opt-out. The deal seemingly takes the Orioles out of the running for Yeonis Cespedes.
- Per Jon Heymen, now that the Orioles are out, and there is an established 5 yr/$90M offer that was made, Multiple teams are checking in with the Cespedes camp to see if he is willing to drop asking price to that kind of level. The Tigers, White Sox, and Astros are all reportedly interested.