New York Mets must re-sign Yeonis Cespedes because he’s far superior to any other possible replacements on the free agent market.
Of course, the biggest question facing the New York Mets this offseason is universally known and completely simple
Will they re-sign Yoenis Cespedes?
Cespedes has been the Mets best hitter and biggest power threat since he landed in Flushing in a trade during the 2015 deadline. He hit 17 home runs in a one moth span in August and September, helping the Mets run away with the National League East and the World Series.
In 2016 in his first full season as a Met, Cespedes hit 31 home runs and 86 while hitting a respectable .280. He was the anchor of the Mets lineup throughout this season and his presence was widely felt when he missed some games while on the DL because of a quad injury.
However, as we all expected, Cespedes opted out of his deal, making him a free agent yet again.
Based on the impact he’s made, it is a piece of cake that the Mets have to retain him. The problem is: he, most likely, will command a large salary up to five years, which could be too much for the Mets to give to a 31-year-old.
If the Mets don’t re-sign Cespedes, then they can look to the free agent market for similar type of power hitters and outfielders there. Let’s take a look at the top replacement options and compare them with Cespedes.