Will the Detroit Tigers and free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reunite? It’s not entirely out of the question.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Tigers have Cespedes on their radar. However, they want his price to drop.
The #Tigers appear to be sitting back waiting for Yoenis Cespedes, whose price may be dropping.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 24, 2015
Cespedes originally signed a four-year, $36 million with the Athletics and would later be traded to the Red Sox and Tigers. During his tenure with the Tigers, Cespedes played 102 games with a .293 batting average, 18 home runs, and 61 RBIs. Detroit traded Cespedes to the Mets on the July 31st trade deadline and he had an impressive second half with a .287 batting average, .942 OPS, 17 home runs, and 44 RBIs including two home runs in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Detroit has had a busy offseason under new general manager Al Avila, signing free agents Jordan Zimmermann, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, and trading for Cameron Maybin. If the season were to start today, Anthony Gose would start in left field, so it would be an upgrade if Detroit signed Cespedes to play alongside Cameron Maybin in center and J.D. Martinez in right field.
Cespedes is reportedly looking for a six-year deal around $140 million and in my opinion, it’s not asking much considering Jason Heyward just recently signed an eight-year, $184 million with the Cubs and received two $200 million offers from the Nationals and Cardinals. If the Tigers don’t sign Cespedes, there are other free agent outfielders to consider like Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, and Dexter Fowler.