New York Mets
2016 committed salary: $65.1 million
The Mets are likely to lose outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this offseason following their playoff run to the World Series, and they will be in the market for another impact bat. While Heyward doesn’t have Cespedes’s proven power, his .293/.359/.439 slash line can be an offensive anchor in a lineup already featuring the likes of David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Travis D’Arnaud. While Heyward would cost quite a bit, the Mets are a big market team that showed it needs a bat like Heyward in order to be in contention, and given his age he could be a force in the lineup for years and be the new torch-carrier once David Wright calls it a career. If the Mets can’t re-sign Cespedes, Heyward would likely be next on general manager Sandy Alderson’s list.