The Yoenis Cespedes to the Nationals rumors continue to gain momentum, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports now says a five-year offer has been extended by the Nats.
Rosenthal points out that the Mets have only offered three years, which would seem to make the Nationals the favorites between the two teams. It is, though, unclear exactly how many clubs are involved.
The Nats offering Cespedes five years further demonstrates their intent on upgrading their outfield both for 2016 and long-term. They offered Jason Heyward around $200 million earlier this winter before he chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs. Now they are offereing Cespedes five years, which would lock him in through the 2020 season.
Bryce Harper is currently under contract for three more years and both Jayson Werth and Ben Revere are under team control for two more seasons. The other thing to consider is how thin next winter's free agent market is at the outfield position, at least compared to this year's. If they want to secure an outfielder for the future, perhaps pouncing on a marquee player in a deep market - whose price may have dropped - would be wise.
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