Mets Re-Sign Cespedes

After much speculation all over the league, Yoenis Cespedes ended up staying put.  The Mets have agreed to terms with the 30 year old outfielder for 75 Million over the next 3 years.

Cespedes is coming off a career year, which he spent with the Detroit Tigers and the Mets, setting career highs in a number of power categories including home runs (35), RBI (105) and OPS (.870). His power was on full display with the Mets, as he hit 17 home runs in 57 games, including nine in a 13-game stretch to start the month of September while reviving an offense that had ranked last in the majors in most categories upon his arrival in late July.

He was slowed during the postseason by a left shoulder injury that required a cortisone injection before the World Series. Cespedes departed the final game of the World Series after painfully fouling a baseball off his left knee.

Cespedes had been previously linked to the Nationals, the Orioles, the Tigers, as well as several other teams.  Cespedes who left Cuba to debut with the Athletics was traded to Boston, then to Detroit, and then to the Mets.  Cespedes had reported to be seeking a 6 year deal worth an annual value of 22 million.  No word as of yet as to if his latest contract offers a no-trade clause.

In bigger and more important news, I FINALLY GOT ONE! Take THAT LOSERS!

19 thoughts on “Mets Re-Sign Cespedes

    • And I’ve got 3, tied for the lead with Paper.

      May very well come down to the Iwakuma tiebreaker. Which is kinda interesting, because if he hadn’t failed his physical with the Dodgers, then me, Paper, and Kevin would all have 2…but Kevin would have the Iwakuma tiebreaker all to himself.

      Can you feel the drama?

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      • The tie-breaker goes to you, doesn’t it? The total deal is 3 yrs and $40M plus some incentives. Only the first year is guaranteed, but team options are just like player options. I was so close on Cueto to AZ and Cespedes to Was and Zobrist to SF. The Cubs really screwed me, or I would have got Heyward and Zobrist right (probably) if the Cubs hadn’t been such an attractive option for FAs this year.

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    • Only those who didn’t play get skunked.

      I’ve actually come up with an idea for something vaguely similar to this for in-season action. I think it will be generally easier to score points, but we’ll see…

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    • It’s 3y/$75M, but he can opt-out after the first…which he probably will. Next year’s FA class is beyond weak, he shouldn’t have any problems beating the 2y/$50M he would have left on his deal.

      So if it’s just 1y/$25M, that’s not bad. If you go with the rough estimate of $8M per WAR, he just needs to come up with ~3 WAR in 2016.

      Doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all really…

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      • He could do better in years, but if last year doesn’t represent a new skill level and he goes back to the 115 wRC+ and being < 3 WAR player…no one is paying close to $24M/year for that….well, no one that is non-stupid. There is a reason teams wouldn’t do a long term high AAV deal on him….because a career 2 months doesn’t mean you pay like the hot streak is true ability for a guy in his 30s.

        I really don’t think his market will be any different next year unless he puts up a wRC+ of 140+

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    • i come in with Gadfly. Not the biggest fan of Cespedes’ numbers, as he is very streaky and has not cracked the .330 OBP barrier since 2012.

      A bit of an overpay, but – of course – if Cespedes is the missing piece that gets them to the playoffs, it’s a bargain.

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