The battle for the Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes is over as of Friday night. Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets have agreed to a 3 year deal worth $75 million dollars. The contract does include an opt out clause in which Cespedes can decide to leave the team after one season.
In 2015 Cespedes hit .291 with 35 homeruns and 105 RBI in 159 games between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets. Just in the 57 games Cespedes did play with the Mets he hit 17 homeruns and 44 RBI batting .287 and put himself in the NL MVP discussion.
Cespedes is a Gold Glove outfielder and will likely take over in left fielder for Michael Conforto. This deal may give the Mets too many outfielders, but that does not seem to be a problem. The Mets will find spots for these guys and if necessary trade them. The Mets did not believe Cespedes was going to return so they filled their outfield with other players. Now the Mets may have a logjam of outfielders, but the team does not see that as a problem and will find opportunities for their players.
Signing Cespedes is a huge win for the Mets and a big blow to the Washington Nationals that signed Daniel Murphy from right under the Mets feet. The Mets not only wanted Cespedes, but also wanted to make sure the Nationals could not get him. Big day for Mets fan and their team looks ready to win come the 2016 season.