The Detroit Tigers, who are now 10.5 games back in the American league central, have reportedly publicized that they will be sellers at this year's trade deadline and specifically will be willing to trade big names such as David Price and power hitting center fielder, Yoenis Cespedes. Tigers GM and President Dave Dombrowski told USA Today that no final decision has been made, but he plans on doing what's best for the team.
Cespedes' contract prevents him from being issued a qualifying offer; he will be a pending free agent after this year and is making $10.5 million this year. The 29 year old is hitting is currently .289 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs. He is great offensive threat that could add power to any line up. He is also great defensively, known for his strong arm as a corner outfielder, he has eight defensive runs saved
Instead of losing Cespedes in the offseason the Tigers will try to use him as trade bait and rebuild their team. The Mets, Orioles, Royals and Angels have all reportedly expressed interest and the Mets could potentially be a front runner if they are willing to take on the salary and/or trade away young prospects.
Despite being ranked 29th in the majors with a 3.43 runs per game, the Mets pitching has been good enough to keep them just 2 games back of the Nationals in the NL east. Michael Cudyer has not been producing largely due to a banged up knee. Jaun Lagares has also failed to contribute offensively as well hitting just .255 with 25 RBIs and a .281 OBP. It is clear that the outfield position is an area that needs to be addressed and Cespedes would seem like a perfect fit. He is leading the major leagues with 27 doubles, and would be able to provide power that the Mets have been lacking all season.
The problem is the Mets continue to show no interest in trading young prospects or taking on any salary which makes trades of this nature unlikely, and it is highly doubtful that the Mets would be willing to trade one of their star pitchers or highly regarded prospect for a rental player that might not resign at the end of the year.
One option could be to trade Jonathan Niese and take on Cespedes' contract but the Tigers will probably look to add more in any deal. If the Mets would be willing to throw in a decent prospect as well, they could possibly have enough to offer that would make a deal more viable.
Cespedes will be on the trading block as the July 31st deadline approaches, and although it may be unlikely, the Mets could possibly make a trade for Cespedes, but it will require the Mets to take on a large portion of his salary and deal a highly regarded prospect. Despite the large price tag it is not impossible for the Mets to make a move.