Mets Re-sign Yoenis Cespedes to Four-Year, $110 million deal
The New York Mets have re-signed OF Yoenis Cespedes, 31, to a Four-Year, $110 million contract, after the Cuban slugger opted-out of his Three year, $75 million deal with the Mets after year one. Cespedes made $27.6 million in the 2016 season, as the length of his contract with the Mets now marks as a Five Year, $137.6 million deal, which includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes’ deal ranks as the Mets’ largest contract given to a free agent, exceeding David Wright’s Eight-Year, $138 million deal in 2012. Cespedes will now take in the second largest AAV (Average Annual Value) for a positional player at $27.5 million as he only ranks behind former Detroit Tiger teammate Miguel Cabrera, who has an AAV of $31 million.
In 2016 for the Mets, Cespedes enjoyed another great season, as he batted .280 and recorded his second-highest home run mark with 31, and 86 RBIs en route to being named to his second All-Star game, and receiving his first Silver Slugger award. With another stellar season in the books, Cespedes was viewed as arguably one of the top sluggers on the free agent market along with 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, who knocked 42 home runs, but will turn 34 before the season begins.
With Cespedes back in the fold, look for the Mets to be active in trade talks as they have an abundance of outfielders, and look to dangle Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Juan Lagares in effort to find bullpen help.
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