It finally looks to be official: Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes will re-sign with the New York Mets and stay in the Big Apple.
By Patrick Brewer
The sweepstakes has finally reached it’s end. After weeks, and what felt like months, the free agency of Yoenis Cespedes has finally come to an end.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the New York Mets have agreed in principle to re-sign Cespedes. The terms of the deal look to be for three years and $75 million with an opt-out after the first year and a full no-trade clause.
So full Cespedes deal with #Mets, per sources: Three years, $75M, full no-trade clause, opt-out after one year. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2016
It was initially reported the deal was going to be in the $70 million range over three years for an average annual value of $23 million, but the final deal is slightly higher than that.
For the Mets, not only did they re-sign arguably their best player from their 2015 World Series run, but they also kept him from signing with their biggest rivals for the 2016 divisional crown, the Washington Nationals.
The Mets will once again have Cespedes bat in the middle of their lineup for at least one more season. There will be some question marks, as Cespedes will likely be forced to play center field for at least one season, but at the end of the day, Mets fans can be happy that their ownership and general manager finally made the move they have been waiting for. Yoenis Cespedes is back in New York.