The 29-year-old is in the last year of a four-year, $32 million deal originally signed with the Oakland A’s.
The clause would’ve kept the Mets from signing the outfielder until May 2016 unless an agreement was reached immediately after the World Series, a time in which it would be nearly impossible to re-sign him. “The amendment to Yoenis’ contract provides us the opportunity to negotiate with the player’s agent during the entire unrestricted free agent period,” the team said in a statement. Simply put, a long-term deal this offseason is more plausible.
A continuing career with the Mets isn’t set in stone, but they are now just a likely as any of the other 29 teams to resign him. The fan favorite is hitting .298/.333/.550 with 31 home runs on the season. He will turn 30 in October.