It’s possible that the New York Mets will figure out a way to bring Yoenis Cespedes back. Let’s start with that.

On Friday, Cespedes opted out of the three-year, $75 million that he signed with the Mets last offseason. He’s coming off a season in which he compiled a triple-slash average of .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs, and at 31 years old is looking for one major payday.

That said, Cespedes was a year younger and coming off an even stronger season last November when he was looking for that same major payday. Instead, he wound up returning to the Mets. So there’s always a chance that Cespedes’ free agency this time around follows the same path. We know he loves playing in New York, and that there are some legitimate questions about his longevity, so maybe no one gives him the dollars he wants and again, he takes a lesser offer from the Mets.

Possible? Sure. Likely? Hell no, which means the Mets are going to lose Yoenis Cespedes this offseason. With that, the team’s odds of taking advantage of all their great young pitching and bringing a World Series title to Queens are about to take a major hit.