Prediction: Atlanta Braves. Six years, $150 million.
Lots of people think the Braves are in total rebuilding mode after trading Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels, Cameron Maybin to the Detroit Tigers, and acquiring a surplus of young pitching talent. However, GM John Coppolella has said that he doesn’t want his team to lose 90 games, and people forget the Braves open a new stadium in 2017. They’ve already shed a ton of salary, and the mega contracts of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher come off the books after 2016. The Braves need a way to put fans in the seats, and pairing the exciting superstar Cespedes with Freddie Freeman in the middle of the Braves lineup will certainly do that. Atlanta will also have Cespedes to keep the team from disaster next year, contend in 2017 when their new stadium opens, and most importantly, get the fans excited. There’s no way the Braves will not have the hope of contending when they open a ballpark, and what better way to annoy their division rival Mets than forcing them to face Cespedes at least eighteen times a season.