Yoenis Cespedes Is Still A Met, At Least This Year
It's a Festivus Miracle that came a few weeks too late, but New York Mets fans won't mind the delay one bit.
In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the defending National League champions announced that they had signed Cespedes to a 3 year deal worth $75 million. Cespedes has the option to opt out after next season, but it ensure that the 30-year old power hitting outfield will remain in Queens for the upcoming 2016 season.
Over the past few days, major speculation followed Cespedes, who joined the Mets via a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Among the rumored destinations for him were two of the Mets' bitter rivals, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals. Washington had previously signed former Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, whose postseason performance fueled the Mets to their first World Series appearance since 2000.
Had it not been for the arrival of Cespedes, the Mets might've missed the postseason entirely. Upon his arrival into Queens on July 31, the Mets sat at a mediocre 53-50 mark. With the Cuban right-handed hitter's power, the Mets began a late summer surge. They would complete the regular season with a 37-22 tally, allowing the Mets to win their first NL East title since 2006. Cespedes also won his first career Gold Glove in New York, where, ironically, he won the first of his two Home Run Derby titles, in 2013 at the Mets' home of Citi Field.
The Mets' defense of their NL pennant kicks off on Sunday, April 3, where they'll try to exact a bit of revenge on their World Series opponent the Kansas City Royals. The first meetings with the Nationals occur on May 17-19 in Queens.
Warm up with some of Cespedes's finest Met moments below...
As a lifelong Yankee fan, Geoff Magliocchetti loves Seinfeld but can't stand the Mets. Sympathize with him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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