As reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Washington Nationals are making a strong push to sign free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes:
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
Last season, Cespedes was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Nationals’ division rivals, the New York Mets, on Trade Deadline Day. At that moment, the Nationals stood two games above the Mets for the NL East lead. When the regular season ended two months later, the Mets finished seven games ahead of the Nationals, and New York would go on to win the National League pennant.
Signing Cespedes would definitely represent the first major move this winter by the Nationals, whose most significant free agent signing is another former Met, second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Nationals currently have $142.1 million committed to their 2016 roster — the team spent $165.6 million on their 2015 roster, including $16.5 million to departed free agent Jordan Zimmerman.