Yeonis Cespedes, OF
Yoenis Cespedes watches the ball go, and with it any chance of the Cardinals signing him. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Dare to dream. Like Price, Cespedes will be priced way, way out of Mozeliak’s budget. And he should be. Because unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three months, you know how much the Cuban outfielder has meant to the Mets’ postseason run. It took him half the games he played in Detroit to slug nearly as many dingers for the Mets (17 vs. 18 for the Tigers).
He’s a plus defender with a highlight-reel arm that produced 13 assists this year, sixth most in baseball. Cespedes has crushed naysayers twice now. First, when the A’s signed him for big money back in 2012 without knowing much about him.
Other than he has big muscles and likes to host family barbecues, per YouTube. And now, again, as a Met, Cespedes has made the Met faithful forget all about erstwhile Brewer centerfielder Carlos Gomez, the one who got away at the deadline (allegedly). Alas, richer teams will likely step in and throw money at Cespedes like NBAers at a strip club. Dolla dolla bills y’all.