Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
Three years, $75 million
Can opt-out after 2016
One of the biggest bats of the offseason decided to return to the New York Mets, who he helped lead to the World Series in 2015. While he had reported offers of five-year deals from the Baltimore Orioles and Washington National, the Mets were able to sign the Cuban to a three-year deal. Cespedes will make $27.5 million in 2016, then will have the option to hit the free agency market again. I normally don’t like opt-outs for the owners but in this case it’s only a three-year deal and he has to decide quickly. If he has a down year in 2016, he will likely stay but if he has a great year (which would help the Mets) he will leave and get even more than the almost $24 million he’d be owed in 2017.
A short-term deal gives the Mets some insurance in case ‘Yo’ goes into a tail spin the next couple of years. They can rid themselves of him and not have to shell out the big bucks to a non-producer.