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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder | #52

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / OAK
Contract: view contract details
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Yoenis Cespedes will receive a $10 million signing bonus as part of his new contract with the Mets.
Cespedes' new three-year, $75 million contract with the Mets became official on Tuesday. The bonus will be paid out within 30 days. He'll then earn a $17.5 million salary for the 2016 season. He's due to make $23.75 million in 2017 and 2018, but he'll have the ability to opt out of the contract after the first year. Jan 27 - 4:02 PM

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MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles were the third team in on Yoenis Cespedes on Friday.

The specifics aren't known, but Heyman hears that, like the Nationals, the Orioles had a five-year deal on the table. The Nationals made a reported five-year, $110 million offer, but Peter Gammons hears that with deferred money, it was actually worth $77 million in present-day value. Cespedes ultimately preferred to return to the Mets on a three-year, $75 million contract which allows him to opt out after the first year.
Jan 27 - 8:36 AM

Mets re-signed OF Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year, $75 million contract.

Cespedes passed a physical on Tuesday to make the deal official. The contract includes an opt-out after the first year, so the outfielder could collect $27.5 million and then be a free agent again next winter if he wants. Cespedes will be the Mets' center fielder against right-handers but could slide over to play left versus southpaws.
Jan 26 - 9:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Yoenis Cespedes would be eligible for a qualifying offer if he opts out of his deal with the Mets after one season.

While it may not seem like a big deal, it could potentially hurt his market if he opts to test free agency again after the 2016 season. Many teams have been leery of going after players who are tied to draft pick compensation.
Jan 23 - 3:43 PM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mets have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with Yoenis Cespedes.

The average annual value of $25 million ties the all-time record for an outfielder. The deal also includes an opt-out clause after the first season (where he'll earn $27.5 million), which would allow Cespedes to test the free agent waters again if he desired. He was forced to wait much longer into the offseason that he would have preferred, but in the end gets to return to the Mets where he slashed .287/.337/.604 with 17 homers and 44 RBI in only 57 games to help lead them to the World Series.
Jan 22 - 11:29 PM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that there are other teams in the mix for Yoenis Cespedes other than the Mets and Nationals.

While those two clubs have been most often liked to the free agent outfielder in recent days, there have been rumblings from the Padres and Orioles among others at some point along the way. The force known as the mystery team could wind up winning out here and stealing away the 30-year-old outfielder.
Jan 22 - 9:39 PM

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that Yoenis Cespedes' agents, the Roc Nation group, reached out to the Yankees to gauge their interest in the outfielder.

Harper says that the Yankees have "no such intentions" of pursuing Cespedes, but the fact that the outfielder reached out to another New York team reinforces the thinking that he very much prefers to remain in the Big Apple. The Mets reportedly are willing to include an opt-out after the first year of a three-year offer to Cespedes, while the Nationals are offering a five-year contract worth around $100 million. MLB Network's Jon Heyman notes that the Nats' offer includes deferred money.
Jan 22 - 10:03 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes are discussing a three-year contract that would include an opt-out after the first year.

The Nationals are reportedly offering Cespedes a five-year contract worth around $100 million, but the word is that he'd prefer to stay with the Mets. Whether the Mets' willingness to include an opt-out in their offer is enough to swing the pendulum in their direction remains to be seen. Cespedes could potentially hit free agency again next winter at the age of 31 if he would exercise the opt-out. Olney hears that Cespedes will likely make a decision within the next 24-48 hours.
Jan 22 - 8:35 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal cites two sources who both believe free agent Yoenis Cespedes would prefer to stay with the Mets.

The decision facing Cespedes, per Rosenthal, is between the financial security offered by the Nationals -- who are reported to be willing to give the 30-year-old a five-year deal -- and the comfort of returning to Queens, where he led the Mets to the World Series last October. The Mets are presently willing to go three years, but no more, on a deal with Cespedes. Other teams have been rumored to be involved, but at this point it appears the outfielder's choice will come down to one of the two NL East clubs.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM

A source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Nationals' offer to free agent Yoenis Cespedes is for five years.

Rosenthal said the dollar amount tied to the offer is unknown. He also said the Mets, another team believed to have serious interest in the 30-year-old, won't go beyond three years to this point. The Nationals' interest has come out of nowhere in the past 24 hours, but they're now viewed as the frontrunners for the outfielder.
Jan 21 - 4:43 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman says the Nationals are "serious" about signing Yoenis Cespedes.

Heyman adds that the Nats are "pressing" to get it done and could be willing to pay out around $100 million on a five-year deal. Washington doesn't necessarily have a need in the outfield -- Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Ben Revere, and Michael Taylor are all locked in for 2016 -- but a trade or two could open a spot for Cespedes, who hasn't found an offer to his liking in three months on the open market. It'd be a huge coup for the Nationals as they try to recapture the National League East crown from the Mets. Cespedes, 30, tallied 35 home runs and 105 RBI in 159 games last season between Detroit and New York. His free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation.
Jan 21 - 2:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "pursuing" free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and have even made him an offer.

Washington reportedly made offers to Jason Heyward and Justin Upton earlier this offseason, but obviously whiffed on both. It looks like they're trying again to land a top-flight free agent bat. Rosenthal is hearing that the Nationals' offer to Cespedes comes in at less than the six-year, $132.75 million contract Upton ultimately inked with the Tigers. While there seems to be smoke here between player and team, nothing's imminent as of yet. The White Sox, Mets and Padres have also been linked to the 30-year-old Cuban slugger, but none have made a hard push. Which could open the door for a team like the Nats.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 20 - 11:25 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that while the White Sox remain interested in free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the team doesn't want to offer more than three years.

Count the White Sox as one of several teams with vague interest in Cespedes, who has spent the winter on the lukewarm stove rather than the hot stove. In addition to the Sox, the Mets and Padres are also rumored to be in the mix for his services, though the Mets would likely only re-sign him on a short-term deal. One team to rule out--the Marlins. Team president David Samson's indicated that they are not interested in the 30-year-old outfielder.
Jan 20 - 8:59 PM

Mets owner Fred Wilpon said Wednesday that the team remains in touch with free agent Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes is one of the last marquee free agents on the market now that Justin Upton has signed with the Tigers. While the Mets have been in contact with the 30-year-old Cespedes, Wilpon said "your guess is as good as mine" when asked if his club would be able to re-land its second-half star. Wilpon and the Mets have reportedly been angling for a short-term contract. The Padres are also rumored to be in the mix, but there haven't been substantive contract conversations to this point.
Jan 20 - 6:16 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are monitoring the market for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Lin was also told that a match is unlikely, but it sounds like the club would consider a short-term deal, which would put them in the same position as several other teams. There's likely still enough of a market for Cespedes to score a long-term contract, especially since he isn't attached to draft pick compensation. It's understandable why the Padres would at least check in, as their left field options currently include Jon Jay, prospect Alex Dickerson, and Rule 5 selection Jabari Blash.
Jan 20 - 8:39 AM

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2Kevin Plawecki
3Johnny Monell
4Raywilly Gomez
1B1Lucas Duda
2Marc Krauss
2B1Neil Walker
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Ruben Tejada
4Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
3Alejandro De Aza
4Brandon Nimmo
5Roger Bernadina
RF1Curtis Granderson
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4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Bartolo Colon
7Rafael Montero
8Logan Verrett
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3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
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7Jenrry Mejia
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Buddy Carlyle
11Dario Alvarez
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