Yoenis Céspedes#52, CF, NY Mets
- October 18, 1985
- Birth Place:
- Campechuela, Cuba
— Player Notes
Advice: The Mets will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to official announce Cespedes' return to Queens. Many speculated that Cespedes could potentially land a five-year deal this offseason, so the Mets are surely thrilled they were able to keep it at four years. Cespedes can't complain either, as he now has the highest AAV (average annual value) ever for an outfielder. Only Miguel Cabrera has a higher AAV among all position players. Cespedes, 31, batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI over 132 games this past season and simply couldn't be replaced in the Mets' lineup. There are some moving parts in this outfield, but Cespedes figures to be the primary left fielder moving forward.
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Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that it's a four-year deal worth $110 million, pending a physical. Andy Martino of SNY reports that the deal includes a full no-trade clause. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cespedes will make $22.5 million in 2017, $29 million in 2018 and 2019, and $29.5 million in 2020. It was a no-brainer for Cespedes to opt out of the final two years of his contract in order to test free agency, but the Mets made it a top priority to keep him around. He ended up getting two more years and $55 million by opting out, so both sides ultimately got what they wanted. Now that the Mets have successfully re-signed Cespedes, they have a number of scenarios to mull over with their outfield. It's now likely that Jay Bruce is traded elsewhere. Curtis Granderson is also a possibility to be moved.
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Advice: It's unclear whether this means the two sides have made substantial progress in talks or whether they feel his market isn't as active as his representatives might have hoped. Cespedes opted out of the final two years and $47.5 million of his contract with the Mets and figures to land a deal north of $100 million. Mike Puma of the New York Post recently reported that the Mets are comfortable with a four-year deal in the $100-110 million range, but it's unclear whether they'd be willing to give that fifth year. The Giants and Nationals are among some of the other teams who have been mentioned as possible landing spots for the free agent slugger.
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