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Should the Dodgers Pursue Yoenis Cespedes?

Jul 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reportedly plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Do you think it would be wise for the Dodgers to sign him?

The 31-year old has two more years on his deal and was set to make $47.5 million. After posting .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs in 2016, Cespedes is looking to capitalize on his great year.

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This means that whoever lands him is going have to shell out some money.

The Dodgers still have the highest payroll in baseball, but Andrew Friedman and Co. have proven that they’re trying to move away from that and focus on cheaper and younger players.

However, there’s no denying that the Dodgers need to do something to try to get over the hump. Perhaps a veteran presence is exactly what the Dodgers needed after their rookies struggled in the postseason.

The Dodgers’ desperately needed some offense in the playoffs, but their bats went cold. Cespedes could offer some much needed hitting, primarily against left-handed pitching.

Cespedes crushed lefties this year, putting up a .341 average, .457 on-base percentage, and 6 home runs.

But what is his price tag?

Before Cespedes signed the three-year $45 million contract with the Mets, it was rumored that other teams were offering in the ballpark of five-years for $110 million. With the year he had this year, it makes sense to assume that he’ll be looking for another contract in that neighborhood.

The Dodgers should definitely be looking to make some moves in the offseason that will finally propel them into the World Series. Yoenis Cespedes could be the move they need, but at what cost?

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Written by David Ochoa

David is a Los Angeles native and avid sports fan as well as a writer. He also cohosts "After the Whistle" sports radio show on Golden Eagle Radio at Cal State Los Angeles University. Follow him on Twitter. @DaviddddEO

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