Any hope that the Mets would be able to retain Cespedes at the start of the offseason was slim, but this report completely closes the door on any possibility he returns.
Talks between the Mets and the star outfielder appear to not have gone far, with Heyman reporting that New York floated the idea of a "two to three" year deal without even naming a price. Cespedes figures to get much more in free agency, with a five to six year contract likely being his ultimate destiny.
Cespedes has been connected to teams like the Giants, Angels, Tigers, and White Sox, but his market has remained relatively quiet as of late. The market for free agent outfielders not named Jason Heyward has not intensified.
The 30-year-old Cespedes hit .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 676 plate appearances last season, playing with both the Tigers and Mets. According to FanGraphs, he was worth a total of 6.7 Wins Above Replacement, which is considered All-Star level production.
As for the Mets, they are still looking for a right-handed outfielder, according to Heyman. Free agent Steve Pearce was mentioned in his article, but it is unknown whether New York has been in contact with his representatives.