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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder | #52

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / OAK
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Mets re-signed OF Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract.
The Mets will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to official announce Cespedes' return to Queens. Many speculated that Cespedes could potentially land a five-year deal this offseason, so the Mets are surely thrilled they were able to keep it at four years. Cespedes can't complain either, as he now has the highest AAV (average annual value) ever for an outfielder. Only Miguel Cabrera has a higher AAV among all position players. Cespedes, 31, batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI over 132 games this past season and simply couldn't be replaced in the Mets' lineup. There are some moving parts in this outfield, but Cespedes figures to be the primary left fielder moving forward. Nov 30 - 12:48 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yoenis Cespedes is headed back to the Mets.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that it's a four-year deal worth $110 million, pending a physical. Andy Martino of SNY reports that the deal includes a full no-trade clause. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cespedes will make $22.5 million in 2017, $29 million in 2018 and 2019, and $29.5 million in 2020. It was a no-brainer for Cespedes to opt out of the final two years of his contract in order to test free agency, but the Mets made it a top priority to keep him around. He ended up getting two more years and $55 million by opting out, so both sides ultimately got what they wanted. Now that the Mets have successfully re-signed Cespedes, they have a number of scenarios to mull over with their outfield. It's now likely that Jay Bruce is traded elsewhere. Curtis Granderson is also a possibility to be moved.
Nov 29 - 2:12 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports hears that optimism is "growing" with the Mets that they can re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

It's unclear whether this means the two sides have made substantial progress in talks or if the Mets feel his market isn't as active as his representatives might have hoped. Cespedes opted out of the final two years and $47.5 million of his contract with the Mets and figures to land a deal north of $100 million. Mike Puma of the New York Post recently reported that the Mets are comfortable with a four-year deal in the $100-110 million range, but it's unclear whether they'd be willing to give that fifth year. The Giants and Nationals are among some of the other teams who have been mentioned as possible landing spots for the free agent slugger.
Nov 29 - 1:42 PM

Christian Red of the New York Daily News reports that Yoenis Cespedes is not part of the Yankees’ winter spending plans.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that he's spoken with Cespedes' agent and plans to do so again, but he's apparently not at the top of their priority list this winter. According to Red, the Yankees are prioritizing bringing back Aroldis Chapman, and signing a designated hitter and a starting pitcher. Those plans might not work out as hoped, so it might be too soon to say anything definitive about a possible pursuit of Cespedes. Wherever Cespedes ends up, there's a growing expectation that he'll land a five-year contract north of $100 million.
Nov 23 - 9:15 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that "there is a growing sense" Yoenis Cespedes will command a five-year contract this offseason.

Puma says that the Mets are comfortable giving Cespedes a four-year deal in the $100-110 million range, but "there is less clarity" regarding whether they'd be willing to extend the offer to five years and beyond $130 million. However, it sounds like they might have to step outside their comfort zone if they want to get something done. The Giants, Nationals and Dodgers have been linked to Cespedes, and Puma says "there is speculation mounting" that the Yankees could be a factor. Both the Mets and Cespedes are viewing the end of next month's winter meetings as a deadline for a resolution between the two sides.
Nov 21 - 9:43 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that he has contacted the representatives for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

It's a no-brainer, even as a matter of due diligence. Their level of interest is unclear, as Cashman said that "whether any of those high-end free agents are legitimate choices or not remains to be seen." The Yankees don't appear to be playing for 2017 and Cespedes is very much a win-now player, so it doesn't look like the best fit on paper. He'll have plenty of options even if the Yankees don't participate in the bidding. We know the Mets are in, and teams like the Giants and Nationals have been mentioned as possibilities.
Nov 17 - 10:29 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears from a team source that the Mets "are still strongly in the mix" for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

"I know he's talked to some people. He's never said that he is coming back, but he's said he loved it here, he's happy here and we'll see," the source said. "He sounded like they were talking to a few teams, not too many." It was reported on Wednesday that the Mets and three other unidentified teams are in on Cespedes. If things progress as planned, Cespedes' representatives are hopeful of a resolution by the end of the Winter Meetings in December. As the top player in a weak free agent class, Cespedes appears likely to land a deal north of $100 million.
Nov 17 - 9:43 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that "we're going to have to wait a while" to see the resolution of Yoenis Cespedes' free agency.

"I think we'd like to have him back," Alderson said. "But there are certain limits that every team faces and certain realities that every player has to take into account. Some of them are financial. Some are not." He went on to say that he had been keeping in regular contact with Cespedes' agent. Three other teams are said to be showing interest in the free agent outfielder, though the names of those outfits have yet to break into the public sphere. A contract in the neighborhood of five years, $100 million is not out of the question for Cespedes.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 16 - 7:58 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets and three other teams are in on free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

No word on who those other teams could be, but the Giants, Nationals, Dodgers, and Astros have been mentioned among the potential landing spots. Cespedes opted out of the final two years on his contract with the Mets and figures to land a five-year deal north of $100 million as the top player on the market this winter. According to Puma, Cespedes' representatives expect a resolution on the matter around early December.
Nov 16 - 2:05 PM

Free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu are among various MLB figures on a U.S. witness list for an upcoming trial regarding the smuggling of baseball players from Cuba.

Neither player is accused of any wrongdoing. South Florida sports agents Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada have pleaded not guilty on charges of conspiracy and bringing immigrants into the United States illegally. It's alleged that baseball players have paid the smuggling ring more than $15 million to get them out of Cuba. The trial is set for January 3.
Nov 15 - 2:54 PM

Yoenis Cespedes has rejected the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

A no-brainer for Cespedes, who is arguably the top free agent in this class. Now the Mets can score a compensatory draft pick if he signs with a different team. The 31-year-old Cuban slugger hit .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 132 games this summer and is already drawing interest from a range of teams.
Nov 14 - 10:24 AM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson met with the representatives of free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Wednesday.

Alderson wanted to touch base with Cespedes' people prior to the end of the GM Meetings, but this doesn't look to have been anything more than a brief correspondence. In addition to the Mets, the well-heeled Yankees and Nationals could also be in the market for Cespedes' services this winter. He could draw upwards of $100 million over five years.
Nov 9 - 9:33 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo did not rule out a run at Yoenis Cespedes when speaking to reporters Tuesday.

Rizzo and the Nats pursued Cespedes last winter, and there seems to be renewed interest after the Cuban slugger slashed .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 132 games this summer for the rival Mets. "When [Cespedes] played for the Mets, the guy scared me," Rizzo said. "He’s a really good offensive player. He’s a really good two-way player. He is a middle-of-the-lineup bat. He improves any team he plays for." Acquiring the 31-year-old Cespedes would probably mean moving Trea Turner to shortstop and Bryce Harper getting more run in center. It's doable if the price is right.
Nov 8 - 6:32 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Yankees have reached out to free agent Yoenis Cespedes.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was coy, however, on the idea of an agreement with Cespedes actually happening: "I’m open to anything. But as of right now, we’re going to let the kids take a shot," said Cashman. "Our current focus is to let the kids try to take the job. We've reached out to all of (the free agents)." Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner are locked into two of the Yankees' outfield spots, and Aaron Judge should be ready for something resembling an everyday role.
Nov 8 - 5:47 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the team hopes to have a resolution one way or the other within the next month regarding free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes officially exercised the opt-out clause in his contract over the weekend and received a qualifying offer from the Mets on Monday. He'll turn it down and test the open market, but Alderson said Cespedes' agent indicated that they'd like to get something done with a team sooner rather than later. "There are some additional moving pieces that we have to consider, and I’m sure there is the market he has to consider," said Alderson. Of course, Cespedes lingered in the market until late January last winter. He could be hoping for a quicker resolution this time around, but some free agents could wait out the new CBA negotiations before signing with a team. Cespedes appears likely to land a five-year deal north of $100 million.
Nov 8 - 8:41 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Michael Conforto
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
3Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Jenrry Mejia