Yoenis Cespedes is coming back! On Tuesday, the Mets announced that they came to terms with the free agent outfielder on a 4-year, $110M deal, an AAV of $27.5M, the highest ever for an outfielder. The contract him the highest paid Mets player in franchise history when factoring in the $27.6M he was paid this season. He is also the second highest paid position player in the game right now, behind only Miguel Cabrera of Detroit, who is making $31M per season.
Cespedes opted out of his 3-year, $75M deal that he signed last winter with the club. He hit 31 home runs and 86 RBIs in 132 games this season, while battling through a quad injury for most of the year. Since joining the Mets at the 2015 trade deadline, Cespedes has hit 48 home runs and drove in 130 runs, adding a jolt to the lineup and helping carry the club into the playoffs last fall.
Other teams that were seriously negotiating with Cespedes included the Astros, Giants, and Nationals, who signed Mets’ postseason hero Daniel Murphy away from the team last winter.
With Cespedes returning, it is likely that the Mets will try to find a new home for 2016 acquisition Jay Bruce, who struggled mightily aftert coming to New York. The left-handed hitting right fielder is due $13M next season. The Toronto Blue Jays have announced their interest in acquiring Bruce.
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