Yoenis Cespedes has signed back with the New York Mets for a whopping $110 million over four years, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan and Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal were the first to report the deal. It’s the highest AAV for a free-agent outfielder on a multi-year deal in MLB history. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is the only position player with a higher AAV than the Mets’ star.
Cespedes is slated to earn $22.5 million in 2017, $29 million in both 2018 and 2019, and $29.5 million in 2020, the final year of his deal.
The Cuban outfielder regressed in the batting average category (.280) but still registered an All-Star bid to represent the National League in 2016. Cespedes clubbed 31 homers and drove in 86 runs across 132 games, despite dealing with a lingering quad issue. A noteworthy, durable campaign from Cespedes was much-needed for the Mets, who had to trudge through the season with injuries to key players such as David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Neil Walker, among a slew of others.
Had Cespedes opted to join a different team, it would have been his fifth since 2014. He made his way through the pros with the Oakland Athletics, and subsequently spent time with the Red Sox and Tigers prior to being dealt to the Mets.
It’s a crucial right-handed option in the middle of the order for the Mets. New York already has the luxury of lefty bats, most notably the likes of Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Michael Conforto.
In spite of injuries to both the lineup and starting rotation, the Mets managed to reach the postseason in 2016. They didn’t get far however, as they were ousted by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card Game.