Of all the free agents on the market, Yoenis Cespedes may be the most interesting. Cespedes, at the age of 30, is one of the only players in the league that old who can still be described as raw. Witness his play in the World Series. In the same game, he turned a routine fly ball into an inside-the-park home run, before later robbing a home run with a leaping grab. Later in the series, he was doubled off first to end Game 4 on a routine line drive. Cespedes does some incredible, jaw-dropping things on the field, but he also does plenty of things that just make you scratch your head.
In his fourth Major League season, Cespedes finally appeared to be putting everything together offensively. He surpassed 30 home runs for the first time, and drove in 105 runs, also a career-high. With the Mets, Cespedes hit 17 home runs in 57 games, and somehow injected himself into the NL MVP conversation. Without Cespedes, it’s highly unlikely the Mets make it to the World Series.
Down the stretch, Cespedes fizzled. He batted just .150 in the World Series and drove in only one run. Cespedes was banged up, and not at 100-percent physically. That was clear. Still, there are some holes in the game of the 30-year-old Cuban. Cespedes will not draw a walk — only 33 in 2015 — and he has not come close to replicating the .356 OBP of his rookie year. In the field, Cespedes is more suited to left or right, not centerfield.
Cespedes will likely command a six-year deal, around $150 MM. The market is somewhat murky right now, but plenty of teams will be in on the outfielder. Let’s take a look at the most likely landing spots for Yoenis Cespedes, with the fact already established that the Mets are not extremely likely to aggressively pursue him in their short negotiating window.