One person I spoke to with knowledge of the situation, told me last Thursday that the Yankees had an “obligatory check-in” with the agents for Cespedes almost a month ago and that was the extent of their dialog. Most of the last two weeks of stories connecting the Yankees to Cespedes were untrue.
Meanwhile, despite what you are hearing or reading out there, I am still being told that the New York Mets are still the number one contender to sign Cespedes, and much of the other stuff being circulated as far as connections to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is just noise. There is nothing significant going on with those teams, and Cespedes has expressed a desire to stay on the East Coast.
The one team that has popped up other than the Mets have been the Washington Nationals, but they seem very reluctant to give Cespedes five years which bodes very well for Sandy Alderson and his staff who continue to maintain a “vigorous” dialog with Cespedes.
I’m not going to waste your time and mine with another 500 words about what Cespedes means to the Mets and how he’s had a powerful impact on the team’s offense. We all know what he’s capable of and why it’s so important to re-sign him. And more importantly, Sandy realizes this as well.
If I hear anything new or if something significant is reported elsewhere, I will update this post. I doubt anything will change over the next 48 hours but we could learn a lot more on Friday and heading into the weekend.
Honestly, this news on the Yankees reinforces my confidence in what I’ve been told about the Cespedes negotiations. I’ve been fortunate to have been receiving some accurate information thus far, so my hope is that the Mets will get something done before the Winter Meetings.