Trade Talk Tuesday: Yoenis Cespedes


The Boston Red Sox have made it clear that Yoenis Cespedes, their high-profile trade deadline acquisition, will be on the trade block. They acquired him as the centerpiece of a deal that sent star pitcher, Jon Lester, to the Oakland A’s. Cespedes is an extremely fun player to watch, and has a good amount of star-power. Not to mention, his level of power is up there with some of the best home run hitters in the league.

The Mets have a clear need for power hitting, as well as the imminent need for a left fielder. Yoenis Cespedes fills both of these needs. What is especially important about Cespedes is that his power is so tremendous that he would hardly, if at all, be affected by Citi Field’s large dimensions. Of his 22 home runs on this past season, just two of them wouldn’t have made it out in Citi Field.

The Red Sox have a very crowded outfield situation, with Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, rising prospects Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, and the star Cuban import, Rusney Castillo, among other players, filling the positions. Cespedes will warrant a big-time contract when he hits the open market, and being that the Sox don’t have much of a need for him, they’d be better off getting a nice return for him than just letting him walk in free agency.

The Sox have a clear need for bullpen and rotational help, and with the Mets surplus of arms, a deal can definitely happen between these two teams.

Here’s my proposal:

Mets get: Yoenis Cespedes

Red Sox get: Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Eric Young Jr.

This trade makes sense for both sides. NY Post’s Joel Sherman suggested that the Red Sox may be interested in trading Cespedes straight up for four years of Jon Niese. While I think that that offer may be a little far fetched, throwing in Bobby Parnell, a very good closer, and Eric Young Jr., one of the fastest guys in the MLB, may be enough to put this deal over the edge. This would bolster the Red Sox rotation tremendously, as Niese would be their #1 or #2 starter, as well as their bullpen and bench.

This deal could possibly put the Mets over the edge, as Cespedes would be a huge addition. Take a look at what the lineup would look like if this deal went through:

C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Lucas Duda
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Wilmer Flores
LF: Yoenis Cespedes
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Curtis Granderson

Of course, there’s still the blatant weakness at shortstop, but steps must be taken one at a time. That lineup has the potential to be near the top of the league, with shortstop as the only weakness.

Let’s just hope that this deal gets done…

13 Responses to Trade Talk Tuesday: Yoenis Cespedes

  1. mike says:

    If we get cespedes than how much would he cost in free agency?

    • smarkowitz says:

      Well, unfortunately, that’s an unknown right now. It really depends on how he plays next year. Honestly, if the Mets don’t think they’d be able to keep him, they could parlay him into a bunch of good players. But, in reality, it seems likely that he’d stay with the Mets, as it’s a desirable location, an upcoming team, and they’ll be willing to pay him

  2. Matt says:

    I like the idea, but I don’t think it would make us a top of the NL east team. That seems fair to give up those players for a year of Yoenis, and maybe more. I would even go as far and throw in Logan Verrett with Niese and Parnell. That would help Bostons pitching needs out. As for us, we would need to bolster up some more hitting and competition. I would like to see us make a play for a SS, but I don’t know how much it would take to get a guy like Castro or Baez. The most I would offer is Gee, Montero, and another prospect. If they don’t like that, I would see how it plays out with Reynolds and Flores.

    • smarkowitz says:

      Yeah, I totally get what you’re saying, but you have to remember, we surpassed expectations this season with one subpar outfielder and RUBEN TEJADA as our starting shortstop (for most of the season). I do think that Cespedes would give us the push we need to make it into the wild card discussion, but I do agree that it still doesn’t put us as a favorite to win the division. Obviously shortstop would still be a concern, but Wilmer Flores is a solid player and I’m really not that concerned with listing him as the starting SS. Maybe making a splash signing Hanley Ramirez (which may or may not be a good idea); trading for a mid-level, young SS like Gregorius, Owings, or Franklin; or signing a free agent who is not quite at the Han-Ram level, but still pretty good, like Asdrubal Cabrera, JJ Hardy, or Jed Lowrie… Cespedes would be a step in the right direction, but I do agree with you in that it’s not “the answer”.

    • michael says:

      He may not get us to 90 wins but he would give us 25 homers and around 85 rbis. Thats not bad for a clean up hitter…Our pitching is legit,The only way we can make 1st place is if we get cespedes and wright bounces back

      • smarkowitz says:

        I definitely agree with you! Cespedes is an impact player that will give our offense the boost that it needs…

        • mike says:

          Yea…I just hope Sandy stays away from Cargo and Tulo.there both made of glass but we will find out by next month. Nice talking to you!

  3. mike says:

    If we get him than its certain sandy would resign him. Maybe 5 years $85million which is $17million a year which could get it done

    • smarkowitz says:

      Yea, I agree that if Sandy is willing to send some talent over to Boston to get Cespedes, he has to be committed to signing him long-term. Based on Sandy’s track record and simple logic, I’d be truly surprised if it worked out any other way…

  4. Hal says:

    Great Article, Cespedes could be big for the Mets!

  5. michael says:

    I agree with you Hal

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