Yoenis Cespedes Newsbeat
Thursday, January 05, 2017
From all this — which Van Wagenen and Thousand presented in a 100-page book — they came up with a bottom line: Cespedes was worth $34.7 million to the Mets in 2016, or $7.1 million more than the team had paid him.
The message was clear. The Mets, who play in a big market but are restrained in their spending, could afford an expensive — at least for them — new multiyear contract for Cespedes, arguably the most dynamic baseball player in New York. They would make it back, and more.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing a major decision on their immediate future.
As it stands, the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-to-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source, but there is less clarity on the matter when an additional year — which could push the value of a deal beyond $130 million — is considered.
Posted: November 22, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes and Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu are among the Major League Baseball figures on a U.S. witness list for an upcoming Cuban ballplayer smuggling trial….
A grand jury indictment says Cuban baseball players paid the smuggling ring more than $15 million to leave the communist-run island in secretive ventures that included surreptitious boat voyages.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.
Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.
As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.
But we’ll see if he delivers on it.
Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
Friday, October 07, 2016
Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.
Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.
Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.
But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s shown with his play over the last week he’s willing and able to do so.
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous 2016 seasons now on their resume, it’s pretty clear that neither player would get anything close to the contracts they signed last winter if they were forced back onto the free agent market at this point.
And while I was a big fan of the Gordon contract for the Royals, I can’t imagine they’re all that happy to have a 32 year old who looks like a league average hitter under contract for $60 million over the next three years; even with high-level outfield defense, the bat needed to hold up better than this to make it a good deal for the Royals, and one year in, it looks like he might not be an impact hitter anymore.
And those outfielders might actually be doing better than the other expensive starting pitchers.
Zack Greinke’s success was largely built on a .229 BABIP last year, and to the surprise of no one outside of Arizona, that hasn’t carried over. And with his strikeout rate dropping back down to league average, a lack of weak contact is a problem for a guy being paid at ace-levels. Greinke is still a good pitcher, and he might still give the Diamondbacks some good years, but like most of what happened in Arizona this year, the expectations and the realities were simply not the same.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
On MLB Radio they were talking about him playing five hours of golf on a game day while he’s troubled by his calf problem. If true, I can see why the Mets organization and his teammates would be bothered.
If Cespedes wouldn’t pull the plug on his golf hobby, should the Mets have done so? That’s a question the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro asked:
You can blame Cespedes for bad judgment without blaming his hobby on complicating his recovery. These are not mutually exclusive things. And now the Mets’ leadership — starting with Collins, starting with Sandy Alderson — must ask themselves if maybe it wouldn’t have been worth a serious chat in the past few days, asking their offensive centerpiece to maybe put the clubs away while his leg was still howling.
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