In case you aren't glued to your Twitter feed following the Washington Nationals' rumored pursuit of 30-year-old free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, we thought we'd gather the pertinent info here in one place as the story picks up steam this afternoon.
As noted early this week, both FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and USA Today Sports' writer Bob Nightengale wrote recently about the Nationals' rumored interest in Cespedes:
"The exact market for Cespedes remains unclear," Rosenthal wrote in a follow-up article last night, "but the Nationals are indeed pursuing the slugger, according to major-league sources."
Earlier this winter, the Nationals reportedly checked in on both Jason Heyward (who reportedly received a $200M offer from the Nats before signing with the Chicago Cubs) and Justin Upton (who signed a 6-year/$132.75M deal with the Detroit Tigers this week), the latter after agreeing on a trade that sent Drew Storen and cash to the Toronto Blue Jays for Ben Revere and a PTBNL. They are, however, apparently still in the market for an outfield addition.
Rosenthal wrote last night that they had indeed made an offer to Cespedes.
"The team’s offer to Cespedes is said to be for less than the Tigers gave Upton," Rosenthal reported, noting that, "Nats ownership is intrigued by Cespedes, sources said."
Rosenthal is no longer the only one reporting that the Nationals made an offer, with a few other reports emerging this afternoon:
Nats are indeed in on cespedes. Would be interesting to see where he fits, and who may go. @Ken_Rosenthal 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2016
Nats never made offer to wei-yin Chen after showing interest. Perhaps they were saving for cespedes. Could see as value play— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2016
Nats are serious about getting deal done with cespedes. They'd have crowded OF and another move to make if they get it done— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2016
Hearing nats are pressing to get cespedes deal done. Belief is they're willing to go to about 100M/5 yrs, maybe a bit more.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2016
Nats interested in structuring a cespedes deal over many years, a la scherzer deal. Talks serious.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2016
Re: Cespedes -- Jayson Werth has missed 203 games over the last four seasons, hit .221/.302 OBP in '15, and he'll be 37 next May.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 21, 2016
The biggest surprise now is if #Nats don't sign Cespedes. They appear to be the only team interested in giving him longer than 3-year deal.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 21, 2016
Where will Cespedes fit? What will the Nationals do with their other outfielders like Jayson Werth, who still has 2-years/$42M left on the 7-year/$126M deal with Washington?
What about Michael Taylor, who two weeks ago looked to be the everyday center fielder in 2016? What would it mean for Revere? Would the Nationals go with Cespedes in left, Revere in center and Bryce Harper in right?
Will another team step up, or will the Nats land themselves a big outfield bat? We'll update when there is more information...