Yoenis Cespedes to Nationals heating up
Earlier this off-season the Washington Nationals offered close to $200 million for free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, who wound up signing with the Chicago Cubs. They were then reported to be in on the Justin Upton sweepstakes before he made his way to Mo-Town on a $132 million contract.
It is safe to assume the Nationals are looking to spend money and make a “big” move, particularly in the outfield. With newcomer Ben Revere projected to split time in center field with Michael Taylor, Cespedes figures to move veteran Jayson Werth to a part-time role, if signed. Werth is still owed $42 million over the next two seasons, so he becomes an expensive back-up, making a trade likely if Cespedes is inked to a deal.
Cespedes had the best year of his career in 2015, slashing .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI in 159 games between the Tigers and Mets. The Mets are rumored to be still in on the Cuban slugger, but are reluctant to go beyond a three-year deal.
Here is more from FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal,
“Could the signing of free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes be the next bombshell out of Washington D.C.? The exact market for Cespedes remains unclear, but the Nationals are indeed pursuing the slugger, according to major-league sources.”
With other big name free agents being signed within the past week, those could be the dominoes that needed to fall before Cespedes makes his decision. I expect him to sign somewhere within the next week.