Reports came out earlier today that the Mets were looking at Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a potential fallback option if they could not bring back Cespedes. Hours later, it was reported that the Mets were optimistic in their chances to bringing him back. Then, it was reported that Yoenis will indeed re-sign with the Mets for a four-year deal worth $110 million.
Cespedes will get a full no-trade clause as part of the pact. The average value brings his contract to $27.5 million per year. That evaluation is the 2nd highest AAV for a position player in history, behind his former teammate Miguel Cabrera. Yoenis presumably went for four years at the AAV rather than getting a fifth year at a lower AAV. The Astros were reportedly in on Cespedes as well but didn’t come out on top.
Bringing Yoenis back puts the Mets outfield at Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce with Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares also in the mix. The Mets might want to explore a trade to move one of their other outfielders to address a need.
As Mets know, New York acquired Cespedes on the Trade Deadline of the 2015 season from the Detroit Tigers for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. After the season, Cespedes signed a three-year deal with an opt-out clause after year one with the Mets after not finding a deal that he was comfortable with in free agency. Fulmer went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year, so the deal was a win for both sides.
Cespedes was pretty much the consensus top player available in free agency, so now the teams that missed out on him can target other players like Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. This signing along with the report that there is optimism towards a new CBA deal before Thursday suggests that this could trigger a lot of moves this week and into next week’s Winter Meetings