Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

Age: 35 (October 18, 1985) | 5' 10" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right DH-8 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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I think that was the Nationals' offer, not the Orioles'. Though the Nats were limited by the battle with the O's over MASN TV money...

http://www.gammonsdaily.com/peter-gammons-old-deals-forcing-nationals-to-stay-idle-in-the-market/

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 28 '16
It turns out the Orioles were the mystery team in the Cespedes bidding.  They went 5 years and offered what is presumed to be more than the Nats - $110M (so much of the Nats' was deferred it was worth the equivalent of $77M).  It's a real shame, because the O's need another OF, another bat, and don't want to give up a compensation pick, which means they won't sign Fowler to play RF no matter how cheap he comes.    
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 27 '16

Compensation pick definitely matters.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 24 '16

Cespedes is the winner here, but the Mets did OK IMO.  First, they get medium-term cost certainty. Plus they win big if Cespedes performs: if so, he will opt out, so the Mets get a reasonable year of his services plus a QO compensation pick when he signs elsewhere.  And they limit their overall downside liability compared to the Nationals' offer.  If he performs, it is win-win.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 23 '16

Here's what I don't get: What's in it for the team?

Wouldn't the Mets be better off paying Cespedes, say, $35M for one year. That's a lot more money than the Nationals were offering for four years ($100M), per year, but they would avoid being on the hook for $50M if something goes terribly wrong.

I'm sure there's a point of balance in that equation, and part of rationale (especially with a hitter, who is less injury prone) for the Mets is the expectation that they won't have Cespedes in Year Two unless he blows out a knee or shoulder. 

Or they pay him more.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 23 '16

This contract is the most fascinating of the offseason for me. Cespedes clearly was very comfortable with the Mets, but also wanted to maximize his long-term earnings. The Nats offered more long-term security, but he chose more short-term gain with an opt-out that preserves his long-term earnings upside. The surge of short-term opt-outs is clearly good for players, but can bedevil single-league fantasy owners deciding on their own long-term contacts.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 23 '16

Having ventured out, I'm discovering in my snow-speckled New York Times that he'll be playing his home games in Citi Field this year. How unexpected is that?

And if he plays well? He's a free agent again next year. If he doesn't, or is injured, the Mets are on the hook for two more years at roughly $25 million per. Good deal for the player, no question there.

I suppose  the teams are figuring out on their calculators that anything relatively short-term beats anything stupendously long-term. Such as David Wright's contract.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 23 '16

BABIP since leaving the foul territory expanses of the Oakland Colosseum: .324.

Matthew Trueblood, rubbing mud this snowy morning for BP.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28279

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 23 '16

$19

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 27 '15

How much of the $36 was in the AL?

Mike Landau ML-
Dec 27 '15