New York Mets rumors: Cespedes’ comeback, Marte, Alonso and more

New York Mets, Yeonis Cespedes

We are only a couple of days away from 2020, and there is increasing optimism among the New York Mets’ fan base. Next season could be special. In the meantime, you can read all the recent news and rumors swirling around the team in this article.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day:

NY Post: Joel Sherman wrote that there is precedent for players that missed most or all the games in a season that came back to mash the following year. He notes a few famous cases. Despite missing all of 2019 and most of 2018, the Mets are hopeful with Cespedes.

He can make as little as $6 million or as much as $20 million in 2020. Yet, if he’s holding a grudge towards the Mets, he isn’t showing it. He recently said that he can hit 40 homers next season. David Adler highlighted the achievements of 13 rookies that had excellent debut seasons in 2019. Among them, of course, was the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, who led the Majors with 53 home runs.

Each player comes with a “key stat.” In Alonso’s case, it wasn’t the 53 home runs, but his 66 total barrels. He trailed only Jorge Soler’s 70 in that area and tied with Mike Trout and Ronald Acuna. The Wilpons are sharing their real estate knowledge. Yes, they are selling the Mets, but they also have a parallel project developing stadiums, complexes, and other real estate, per Bloombers. The Sterling Project Development is its name, and among its known associates are the Green Bay Packers, the New York Islanders, and the MLS. Starling Marte, a star-level center fielder from the Pittsburgh Pirates, was an option for the Mets. Some experts and journalists say he is still is in play.

However, Rob Piersall argues that the acquisition price will not be worth the trouble at this point. The Mets’ farm system is depleted and giving up Brandon Nimmo may be counterproductive, he explains.