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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
With the Royals reportedly re-signing Alex Gordon to a four-year deal worth $72 million, the market for the rest of the top tier of outfielders (Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes) as well as for OF/1B Chris Davis. Upton and Cespedes may have to wait for Chris Davis to decide whether he’s willing to take the Orioles’ offer of 7 years for $154 million. If Davis remains firm on holding out for more money, the Orioles may have no other choice than to move on from their first-baseman. They’re closely watching the market of Justin Upton, and this leads me to believe that they’ll pounce on Upton if Davis remains firm on his preferred contract.