Ok Met fans, sit down, take a valium. Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract. Mets are interested in keeping him for four years, preferably around $25 million a season. Multiple reports indicate he wants at least five years, maybe as many as six, while averaging around $30 million a season. Obviously, this is why he and the Mets couldn't agree on a contract extension and why he's looking to get out. He has 3 days after the conclusion of the World Series to make his decision. Everyone already knows he wants more money than the Mets are offering.
Is he worth it? His numbers were still pretty great this year overall, but he hit less home runs (31) than in 2015 (35), and had a lower batting average (.280 in 2016 vs .287 in 2015) and OPS (.884 in 2016 vs .942 in 2015) as well. Is the flamboyant outfielder worth that money he wants for 5 or 6 years? In today’s baseball, once a player reaches 30, teams are very cautious offering more that 4 or 5 year long term contracts. I doubt the Mets will go for more than four.
Yoenis’ future will surely be a hot topic for the Mets this offseason. I think the guy could care less about the Mets. It’s all about him and the money. So, good for him. Look, if he can find a delirious team to give him a six-year deal, he should take it. But, as long as Sandy Alderson is calling the shots, it's not going to be the Mets.
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