Yoenis Cespedes has made his decision and that decision will have him staying in the Big Apple with the New York Mets. Cespedes earned himself a contract worth 3 years and $75 million with an opt-out option after the first year. Cespedes also apparently agreed to the Mets offer with larger offers on the table.
I’ll admit it, I was wrong and I believed that Cespedes would be playing for the highest bidder come March. I still think that the Mets overpaid for him, but Yoenis definitely gained some respect across the MLB since he decided to remain in NY for less. Cespedes is a career 0.271 hitter and in four seasons has played on four different teams while blasting over 100 homers. Although 100 homeruns might not seem like a lot, Yoenis spent two and a half seasons playing in the massive Oakland Coliseum which definitely affects the long ball’s success rate. Similar to Josh Donaldson’s power numbers after leaving Oakland, Cespedes can expect more and more round-trippers. Now that Cespedes has played in hitter friendly parks he seems to be molding into a bonafide power bat, and that is for sure what the Mets expect out of him during the upcoming years.
Other than their great pitching rotation, I don’t think that the Mets have much to offer. Sure they made the World Series last year but I feel that last year was a bit of a fluke. Players like Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy (in the playoffs) had unexpected statistical successes that frankly I don’t anticipate them repeating. Except Michael Conforto is extremely talented and scouts don’t see him slowing up anytime soon. I could be wrong and maybe the Mets have caught onto something similar to the 1990 Indians and early 2000s “Moneyball” A’s did in order to gain an advantage over larger payrolls (By they way, the Indians did the whole statistics advantage thing before the Athletics did, kind of a fun fact?).
Either way, Cespedes while playing 57 games in a Met uniform last season clubbed 17 homeruns and 44 RBI. And he’s always been a strong defensive player (watch laserbeam from left field or this one) Yoenis definitely fits into their system, the NY fans love him, David Wright loves him, and according to Wright he is a great teammate. La Potencia fills a big hole in the Mets lineup but in the increasingly competitive NL East, it could be fair to project these current Kings of Queen to decline sooner rather than later.
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