New York Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes drawing trade interest (Report)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets is congratulated by teammates after he hit a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the third inning at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

After the New York Mets restructured his contract, Yoenis Cespedes is suddenly drawing interest from teams around the league.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the New York Mets have been hearing from other teams about Yoenis Cespedes‘ availability.

While no deal is close, this is interesting to note. The Mets have been looking for ways to shed salary all offseason and Cespedes might provide the best avenue to achieving that goal.

Since signing a four-year, $110 million contract, Cespedes hasn’t been able to stay healthy. He’s only played in 119 games in three seasons for the Mets. He’s also entering his age-34 season.

So, there shouldn’t be much trade value there. However, on a one-year $10 million or so contract with incentives, he might be worth it. It wouldn’t be all that different from a team giving a high-profile free agent a prove-it deal.

Unlike Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Familia, Cespedes has some value. The upside he could provide is massive. Despite the injuries, Cespedes was still a monster bat when healthy.

In those 119 games, Cespedes played he was worth 2.5 fWAR. That means over those two seasons he was on pace for 6.7 fWAR. That’s about 3.35 fWAR a season. That’s just slightly under his career averages. It’s understandable for a player who was playing hurt.

If a team was looking for a big bat, Cespedes would be a worthy gamble. That likely means the Mets wouldn’t have to attach a player to move his contract like they would for Lowrie or Familia.

That idea is likely tantalizing for the front office. That said, The Mets could also use another big bat in their lineup. If Cespedes is able to return to form, he’ll likely be worth more than the contract he’s on.

So, the Mets have to decide what’s worth more to them, Yoenis Cespedes’ upside or salary relief? The decision they make will shape what the rest of this offseason looks like.

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