The fact Yoenis Cespedes has reached out to the New York Mets is positive regarding his possible return and new contract. More so, reports that he reached out to the organization via text messages are valid and a source confirmed that the Mets are his first preference.
GM Sandy Alderson will not comment as to the validity of the text messages. But a source close to the Cespedes contract situation did confirm that the outfielder wants a deal done and soon,
The Washington Nationals reportedly are still exploring their options of bringing Cespedes to the NL division champions, though it appears unlikely as reported here last week that they will be a part of four possible teams in the Cespedes hunt to land the power hitter.
Another source said the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are two teams that could be the Mets most serious threat in their attempt at bringing Cespedes back to New York.
It makes sense for the Blue Jays to be in the talks for Cespedes. Outfielder Jose Bautista has opted for free agency and in the event the Mets fail in their quest, Bautista is a possible replacement.
Regardless of the speculation, the Mets are hoping to re-sign Cespedes within the next two weeks and do it prior to, or during the annual baseball Winter meetings that begin December 4th.
The source was able to confirm that the Mets are looking at a four-year deal and nothing beyond. Three years for Cespedes has always been the assumption but the Mets realize the importance of Cespedes returning and his impact in the lineup.
The amount of a four-year Cespedes deal is not certain. The fact he has expressed New York as his comfort zone is certain and negotiations to get this deal done will reportedly occur before or shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.