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Astros were in the hunt for Yoenis Cespedes

Houston apparently falls just short in getting the Cuban outfielder.

MLB: New York Mets Workout The Record-USA TODAY Sports

It was of little surprise that Yoenis Cespedes resigned with the New York Mets. Cespedes had built up a fan base with New York and the Mets front office. But the surprising news came out just after he signed — the Houston Astros were pushing hard for Cespedes survives.

Cespedes, 31, batted .280 (134x479) with 31 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 133 OPS+. He has shown to be an excellent outfielder and has one of the strongest outfield arms in all of baseball.

Any team would want Cespedes services, but the question would anyone be willing to pay the price. Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million contract.

The question then becomes, how far off were the Astros? Was a Carlos Beltran situation were the New York lights were the draw. And where do the Astros turn to next?

It appears the reports have turned to the Astros may be the front runner for Edwin Encarnacion.