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Should Yoenis Cespedes be on Phillies’ radar?

philsGood morning! The World Series is now tied at a game apiece, after the Cubs defeated the Indians 5-1 on Wednesday night. Also, The Process was a big hit in South Philadelphia.

Speaking of processes:

Cespedes was already one of the highest-paid players in baseball, so this is more about long-term security than more money. Though I’m sure he’ll be seeking that, too. Is a five-year, $150 million contract possible? Not sure, but Cespedes is one of the better all-around hitters in baseball. The Mets will extend Cespedes a qualifying offer if he does opt out, so whatever team signs him will be spending a lot, slotting him in for a while, and giving up an early draft pick. Can’t see … and hope not to see … the Phillies be that team.

Cesar Hernandez (2.154) is the only Super Two player on the Phillies’ payroll. He would probably make between $2 million and $3 million in 2017. This presents an interesting thought: Should the Phillies offer Hernandez a multi-year contract to buy out some arbitration years? Is – let’s say – a three-year, $15 million pact worth it? Things to consider: his trade value now, his trade value later (will he regress?), J.P. Crawford’s timeline, Freddy Galvis’ value (probably as high as it’s going to be right now), the future of 2B prospect Scott Kingery (likely starting in Reading in 2017). Something to think about.

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