MLB free-agency rumors: Marlins, Nationals target Yoenis Cespedes

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Aug 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins have reportedly set their sight on All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes, multiple sources reported on Tuesday.

Coming off a 2015 season in which he batted .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs for the New York Mets, Cespedes looks to cash in as he demands a long-term deal worth at least $22 million per season.

According to report by USA Today writer Bob Nightengale, the Nationals could emerge as a serious suitor for the Cuban’s service, especially if his asking price drops significantly.

“The Washington Nationals could become a potential landing spot for Yoenis Cespedes if the outfielder’s price drops, according to a report. Cespedes has reportedly been seeking a six-year contract worth around $22 million annually and is not currently considering a short-term deal,” via Real GM.

The Marlins are another team making a run at Cespedes. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports indicated the team has already offered the Gold Glove-winning outfielder a short-term deal, which he declined as he continues to seek for a long-term contract.

“Marlins among teams that have discussed pursuing Cespedes on short-term deal. Likely would require accompanying trade of Ozuna,” Rosenthal stated.

It has been an up and down career for the 30-year old Cespedes, who began his career with the Oakland Athletics. After three seasons at the Bay Area, Cespedes had stops with the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers before winding up in New York with the Mets, where he became an integral part of last year’s deep playoff campaign.

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