Céspedes Re-Signs with the Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million with the New York Mets. The deal allows him to opt out after the first year, which will almost certainly be used. Cespedes will have the benefit of being the best outfielder in next year’s weak free agent class. If he does choose to opt out, he will have gotten paid $27.5 million in 2016. He will be joined by Carlos Gomez, Jose Bautista, and Josh Reddick next year in the top tier of free-agent outfielders.

Cespedes reportedly turned down more money to return to the Big Apple and have a chance at cashing in next year. Throughout the offseason, there were numerous teams that were linked to Yoenis: the White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, Angels, Nationals, Braves, and more had interest. The Nationals, even after trading for Ben Revere a few weeks ago, were heavily interested in Yoenis. They made an offer in the vicinity of 5 years and $100 million, but Cespedes’s heart told him to return to the Mets. The White Sox were also very interested, but only wanted to do a three-year deal. Looks like Cespedes preferred the Mets than returning to the AL Central with the White Sox.

The deal also gives him a full no-trade clause. He’s been on several teams already in the four years he’s spent in the MLB. He spent the first two and a half with Oakland. Then, he was traded at the 2014 deadline to the Red Sox for Jon Lester. The Red Sox, after having Cespedes for two months and a logjam in the outfield, traded him to Detroit for Rick Porcello. Detroit kept him for four months before falling out of the division race and had to trade him to New York for top prospect Michael Fulmer. He’s spent two months with the Mets and then a magical October. He’s still likely to only spend one more year with New York before he goes to yet another team.

He’s expected to resume his center-field role in the Mets’ outfield. Despite him being a better left-fielder (he won his first Gold Glove for playing LF for the Tigers for four months in 2015), the Mets are planning to use rookie Michael Conforto as their primary LFer. The Mets also feature Curtis Granderson in right. After Yoenis’s signing, it seems that defensive whiz Juan Lagares is out of a starting role. The Mets also had inked Alejandro de Aza to a deal, but he was expected to be a fourth outfielder. The Mets might entertain the thought of moving Lagares for prospects or bullpen pieces.

What do you think? Should Cespedes have gotten more? Is it a smart choice for him to take a one-year opt-out?

What do you think? Should Cespedes have gotten more? Is it a smart choice for him to take a one-year opt-out?

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