By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Mets have re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a new three-year deal, worth $75 million. However, the kicker is that he’ll have the opportunity to opt-out of his contract — should he choose to do so — to become a free agent next off-season.
He was reportedly torn about staying with the Mets or taking a deal with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals contract was reportedly longer; however, there was no opt-out clause.
Cespedes received a lot of interest as of late as the Baltimore Orioles and the San Diego Padres were also in the mix at some point. The Houston Astros were interested; however, they never made a hard push to sign him like the Orioles, Padres, Nationals, and Mets.
After being acquired in a trade with the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, he’s credited with helping the team become a playoff contender. In the 57 regular season games, he had a .287 batting average with 17 home runs and 44 RBI’s.
Due to that hot streak, some people thought that he should be considered for the National League MVP race. However, that eventually went to Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper, who won his first MVP in October.
Once the Mets made the playoffs after clinching the National League East after the Nationals self-destructed, he wasn’t the hot hitter he was in the regular season. Ex-Mets player Daniel Murphy was that hot bat, as he set the record for most games with a home run, helping get the team past the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.
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