While there are no absolutes, it seems safe to conclude there are mostly positives in the Mets’ decision to bring back Yoenis Cespedes.
1. Keeping the peace: Who couldn’t predict the negative static had Cespedes ended up with Washington and the Mets entered the season with a gaping holes in their outfield and in their lineup? Going to the World Series and not bringing back a player instrumental in getting there would have created a sour feeling heading into the season.
2. They got what they wanted regarding the money: Cespedes wanted at least five years and the Mets didn’t want to give more than three. In essence, the contract of $75 million over three years, translates to four years regarding the dollars.
3. They filled their power need: With nobody knowing what to expect from David Wright and Michael Conforto, there was a need for right-handed power from an outfield bat. Unquestionably their offense is better. They can now keep Wright at the top of the order and sandwich Cespedes between Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda.
1. Has potential short-term benefits: With an opt out after one year, the Mets be forced to be looking for another center fielder next winter.
2. He’d better produce for that kind of money: Cespedes will get $27.5 million in 2016, which is a lot of money if he has a bad year.
3. The money won’t erase his flaws: Cespedes has a career .319 on-base percentage, plus he has a tendency to loaf a bit on the bases and in the field. Mets’ players insist Cespedes is an ideal teammate, but what else did you expect them to say?