The New York Mets officially re-signed slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday. Now that they have their best hitter back, the team can start to look toward next season.
Earlier in the week Cespedes and the Mets agreed on a four-year, $110 million contract. The 31-year-old will make $22.5 million next season, $29 million in 2018 and 2019 and $29.5 million in 2020. The contract includes a full n0-trade clause. Cespedes will now remain in Queens for the next four seasons.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made a good decision to commit to Cespedes for the next few years. This is the second offseason in a row that Alderson has had to make a determination on whether or not to give Cespedes a long-term contract. He was a free agent last offseason as well. In the end, Cespedes agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal to remain with the Mets. However, the contract included an opt-out clause after one year. He exercised this opt-out clause back in early November, making him a free agent once again.
The time around, Alderson did not let Cespedes remain on the market for too long. The Mets didn’t re-sign him until late January last offseason. He had a few other suitors at that point, but decided to take the offer that the Mets gave him.
It was clear that Alderson recognized that he needed to offer Cespedes a lot of money in order to get him to come back. Under Alderson, the Mets haven’t exactly been known to hand out big contracts. The is the most lucrative contract that a player has signed during his tenure as general manager. Clearly, Alderson felt as though Cespedes was worth the money.
Cespedes has been the Mets’ best offensive player for the last two years. He was traded to them from the Detroit Tigers in July of 2015 in exchange for pitcher Michael Fulmer. Over the final two months of the 2015 season, Cespedes batted .287 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. He stellar offensive performance helped lead the Mets to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. This year, he hit .280 with 31 homers and 86 RBIs. Once again, he had an enormous impact on the team’s offense.
There’s no doubt that Cespedes has tremendous talent. His value to the Mets cannot be understated. The Mets understood this, and decided to make the smart decision to give him the deal that he wanted. The team’s offense is definitely in decent shape for next season with Cespedes back.
Yankees’ Preparing Record-Setting Contract Offer for Gerrit Cole
The New York Yankees are looking to make free agent front-line starter Gerrit Cole an offer he simply cannot refuse.
According to the New York Times’ Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are working on a making a record-setting seven-year, $245 million contract offer to Cole, which would set anew mark for pitchers in terms of overall value as well as average annual value.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, while the Yankees have not officially made the offer to Cole, they are not far from doing so. Cole and his agent Scott Boras have requested interested teams to submit their initial offers.
Cole is expected to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodges and and the Los Angeles Angels, who could throw their hat in the ring of what could be a fevered bidding war to land Cole, who is widely considered to be the cream of the free agent crop this year.
The Yankees have made it their priority to sign Cole this offseason, and appear to be taking a clear, and aggressive approach, to get that deal done as soon as possible.
Rays’ Blake Snell Rips Tommy Pham Trade During Twitch Stream
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace pitcher Blake Snell wasn’t a big fan of the Rays recent trading of Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for veteran outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards, and aired his thoughts during a recent stream on Twitch.
Snell, who is one of many MLB players trying to battle it out as one of the best Twitch channels, was streaming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on one of his Twitch streams when the news initially broke regarding the trade, and offered his raw, unfiltered reaction.
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Snell gripes that “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd–k prospect?”. While Snell went on to talk more on the trade, and even later apologized on the stream and told the the Tampa Bay Times he was just frustrated over losing Pham.
Pham was a big part of the Rays postseason run last season.
“I apologized on [Twitch] just saying I’m sorry I’m just upset we’re losing a guy like Tommy who helped our team in so many ways!” Snell said in a text to the Tampa Bay Times. “Didn’t mean any disrespect to Edwards who I didn’t know who he was until after I said that. I was just sad to lose Tommy. … Pretty much we could’ve got [Nationals rookie Juan] Soto, I was just sad to lose Tommy. It’s tough losing someone you respect so much and enjoy being around.”
“He actually reached out to me earlier today and explained that he was a good friend of Pham’s and he kind of just reacted in that moment and said what he said, but that he didn’t mean any disrespect or any hard feelings,” Edwards said. “I’ve got to take him at his word, and just looking forward to getting after it.”
Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell
While the Chicago Cubs tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season, there was one notable name they decided to non-tender: Addison Russell.
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Russell, 25, will now hit free agency following five years with the Cubs, the last two proving to be rough for the infielder.
The Cubs tendered Russell for 2019 after he was suspended for 40 games near the end of the 2018 season for violating the league’s domestic abuse policies, forcing him to miss the first 28 games of the 2019 season.
Russell, a National League All-Star in 2016, was later demoted to the minors, after he struggled on the field.
“We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “In the year since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth, as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen. We hope and believe that Addison’s work will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including [ex-wife] Melisa [Reidy].
“In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff. We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players’ partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely. We wish Addison and his family well.”
Russel was a key factor in the Cubs winning the World Series after a 108 year drought back in 2016, with a Grand Slam in Game 6 which catapulted the Cubs back from a 3-2 deficit in the series.
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