Cespedes was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Mets just minutes before the 2015 trade deadline in exchange for pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. In his 57 games in New York, he hit 17 home runs with 44 RBIs while leading his team to the NL East title and eventually the National League pennant.
The Mets are expected to offer Cespedes to return, but will likely not provide a large enough contract to entice him to stay. Cespedes has publicly said he would like to stay in New York, but will reportedly seek a minimum six-year contract via free agency after spending the last two years with four different teams.
Mets infielder Daniel Murphy will also be a free agent this off-season. Despite being crowned NLCS MVP after homering in a postseason-record seven straight games, he is also not expected to re-sign with the team.
The Mets lost Sunday night’s game, ceding the World Series title to the Kansas City Royals.
- Jeremy Layton