Yoenis Cespedes, the top free agent available this offseason, has agreed to re-sign with the New York Mets, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Sources: Cespedes back to #Mets.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2016
Sources: Cespedes deal expected to be four year, $110M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2016
Cespedes deal will be largest free-agent deal in #Mets history.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2016
Cespedes will get an average annual salary of $27.5 million in the deal, with Miguel Cabrera ($31 million) being the only positional player making more annually. He also gets a full no-trade clause as part of the dal.
Several other teams had zoned in on pursuing Cespedes in the past weeks, with the New York Yankees emerging as the biggest threat to sign him away from the Mets. The Mets even went so far as to target a replacement, J.D. Martinez, if Cespedes signed elsewhere.
However, Cespedes had wanted to return to the Mets, and both sides were hoping to get a deal done before the Winter Meetings started next week.
Cespedes hit .280 with 31 homers and 86 RBIs in 132 games for the Mets last season.Back to the New York Mets Newsfeed