Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

Age: 35 (October 18, 1985) | 5' 10" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right OF-35 LF-35 DH-1 PH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYM NL 2016 132 479 72 134 51 108 25 1 31 86 3 1 .280 .354 .530 9 20 .298 37/21/41 25 23
NYM A+ 2017 2 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .143 0.00 14 0 0.00 n/a
NYM NL 2017 81 291 46 85 26 61 17 2 17 42 0 1 .292 .352 .540 8 19 .316 34/16/50 13 13
NYM R 2018 2 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .250 .250 .625 0 13 .167 n/a
NYM AA 2018 2 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.00 0 0 .500 n/a
NYM NL 2018 38 141 20 37 13 50 6 0 9 29 3 0 .262 .325 .496 8 32 .333 30/17/53 8 7
NYM NL 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
NYM NL 2020 8 31 3 5 2 15 1 0 2 4 0 0 .161 .235 .387 6 44 .214 38/19/44 -0 0
Career 9yrs 834 3191 475 870 240 742 173 24 165 528 43 20 .273 .327 .497 7 21 .305 n/a
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Three picks, no pans in the Guide.

All of them before he signed with the Mets. Now that he has?

I don't have a good feeling, which is the essence of a pan.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 7 '16

Ironically today is the 40th anniversary of the Yankees signing of REG GIE. Guess that makes Cespedes the stick that stirs the martini. ;)

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 29 '16

From my NY Post newsfeed (yeah, I know, sleeping with the enemy):

The Mets have got their man.

Yoenis Cespedes is returning to Flushing, after agreeing to a
four-year contract Tuesday worth $110 million that will keep his big bat
in the middle of the Mets lineup.

According to an industry source, the 31-year-old outfielder – who
still must pass a physical for the deal to become official – received a
full no-trade clause in a contract that will pay him an annual average
of $27.5 million through 2020. The annual average is the highest ever
for an outfielder.

Cespedes was considered the top free agent in baseball. He hit .280
with 31 homers and 86 RBIs last season as the Mets made the playoffs for
the second straight year.

Earlier this month, the Cuban left fielder opted out of the final two
years on his initial Mets contract (worth $47.5 million) to become a
free agent again.

FOX Sports first reported the move.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 29 '16

What to make of Cespedes hot start?

On one hand ... the BABIP is down a bit, despite a higher hard hit ball percentage.  No reason to not expect the BA to come up 10-15 points.

OTOH, his year by year HR/FB progression:

15%, 14%, 10%, 19%, 25%

And it's not Shea.  He's actually hit more of his HRs this year on the road.

And his average fly ball distance (292 feet) is somewhat pedestrian - ranking only 80th in MLB.

My guess is that there will be a cooling trend on the power side, although given his hot start repeating last year's 35 HR is certainly attainable.I wouldn't be pro-rata projecting that out to 45, though.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 2 '16

His 6 RBIs in the Mets 3rd inning in Friday's game was more than 80 NL position players with at least 1 AB had in the entire month of April.

van wilhoite LVW
May 2 '16

Cespedes was my big buy in the CBS NL-only auction yesterday, at $26. Everyone's knocking the shit out of him now, but if he "regresses" and "only" duplicates 2012 or 2014 I'll be fine with him at that price....and you should be too.

Texpope was right about corner infield. Last year I got Cody Asche, Alberto Callaspo, and Mike Olt and decided this year that I had to buy some starters. I wound up with Matt Carpenter ($24), David Wright ($12), and Brandon Moss ($9). While I do wonder if I would have been better off with Belt ($20) or Duda ($21), this is acceptable and a much better use of my resources.

The NL side of the house wasn't nearly as wild as the AL side, but the first few rounds still did have their share of overpriced players. The customary "why haven't you bought a player yet, Gianella?" comment popped up in the message board, but after rope-a-doping for almost three rounds I was fine.

I'll post the link later when I see it if Texpope doesn't beat me to it.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 26 '16

Is he a spectacle? Yes. Is he coming off a career year? Yes. Has that career year been factored into his new price? Yes. Am I likely to own him in 2016? Hell no.

scott pianowski ballfour
Jan 29 '16

I feel (perhaps because I am Nats's fan) that this ongoing Orioles/Nationals revenue spat is one of the big stories of this offseason that has been under-reported and somwhat misunderstood.  The net effect of the whole thing is the fact that the Nats are essentially hobbled for the time being in their ability to offer big, long-term contracts to free agents.  All they can do at present is offer big-money contracts that are so heavily based on deferred payments that the offers are not competitive.  This has factored into the offseason markets for not only Cespedes, but also Zobrist, Upton, and Jason Heyward.

The saga is a long and complicated one. Peter Angelos never wanted a team in DC and only accepted one once he was awarded a massively lopsided MASN TV deal that would allow him to bleed the Nats of revenue until the end of time. As revenues zoomed upwards over the last few years, MLB sought arbitrate between the two teams to tilt the balance of the deal ever-so-slightly back towards the Nats (though Angelos and the Orioles were still massively advantaged).  MLB awarded the Nats tens of millions in revenues with a ruling on the deal last year, and went ahead and loaned that money to the Nats while Angelos battled the deal in Federal court.  Late last year the court essentially ruled in Angelos' favor by sending the deal back to square one and voiding the MLB ruling.

Angelos is clearly in the catbird's seat here and has the Nats over a barrel.  And he has no reason whatsoever to budge.  Meanwhile the Nats are unable to be really competitive on big-dollar free agents.  What a nightmare.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 29 '16
You're right Bob.  Corrected my post.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 28 '16