MLB Hot Stove: Mets sign Cespedes to 3-year, $75M contract

One of the last remaining big fish on MLB’s free agent market has been reeled in — and he’s staying with the team he helped lead to the playoffs last season. OF Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to a three-year deal with the Mets valued at $75 million, with an opt-out clause available to him after the 2016 season.

In recent days, the Nationals were considered among the leading contenders to Cespedes, and they reportedly offered him a five-year contract worth $100 million. He potentially turned down more money because he wanted to return to New York, but if he has a big season and opts out of the deal, he could be in for an even bigger payday next winter. If he does opt out after this season, he will be paid $27.5 million. The contract also includes a full no-trade clause.

Keeping Cespedes is a boost to the offense to help provide support for one of the best starting rotations in the majors that includes young SPs Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes played the second half of last season with the Mets, after the Tigers sent him to Queens at the trade deadline. In 57 games with the Mets, he hit .287 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI, almost singlehandedly propelling them to an NL East title and their first World Series appearance since 2000.

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