The Mets Should Do Whatever It Takes To Sign Yoenis Cespedes This Winter
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There are few players deserving of 100 Million Dollar Plus contracts in the game of baseball right now. Yoenis Cespedes has played himself into consideration for this honor with his second half of play.
Vastly underrated, and a main cog in the A’s renaissance from the time he was there, he has done the same thing in Flushing Meadows.
The Mets are a different kettle of fish with the Big Man in their lineup.
How do you like a .287/.337/.604 3 Slash line with 31 Extra Base Hits and 44 RBI in 57 Games Played with the Mets? Before you think this is just a blip on the radar, the man averages over 70 Extra Base Hits – with 30 HRs and 103 RBI over his 162 Game average for his career thus far.
Keep in mind that despite his cup of coffee in Boston, this big Cuban OF has played the majority of his career in pitcher friendly parks (o.co Coliseum – and this year at Citi Field/Comerica Park.) Throw in big ballparks like Safeco Field and Angel Stadium in the AL West, and his time Oakland saw 100/162 games in unfriendly confines to batters.
This reminds me when all of the baseball world wasn’t giving much credence to Adrian Beltre following his Seattle Mariners playing days – even though guy was routinely clubbing 60 – 65 Extra Base Hits a campaign.
Cespedes has that kind of lightning power that causes pitchers full blown headaches. Sure he doesn’t walk as much as some of the other power hitters, but that should not cost him any $ in a big payday. Given the fact he is just north of 2400 Plate Appearances for his career may lead to his just discovering his prime swings.
New York may also be better served to ink this guy to a contract in favor of lightening their wallets down the road for a pitcher like Matt Harvey. A guy who has been an unpredictable influence with attitude, unlike Cespedes. Also batters are far less likely to be significantly hurt
If they can sign this guy to a 5 – 6 year pact, it would be a deadly 1/2 power combination with Lucas Duda, freeing up the likes of David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto into more conducive spots in the batting lineup.
So how does New York Get This Accomplished?
Obviously there is a log-jam on the team with Michael Cuddyer on the books for one more year, Curtis Granderson on the hook for two more years, and young players like Conforto and Juan Lagares being on controlled salaries for years to come. The solution should be to Curtis Granderson.
Yes…With Granderson having a bounce back season in 2015 – he may have great trade value within the league with just 2 years left on his contract. Also by trading him, it would free up 31 Million Dollars over the next two years in order to add to the kitty.
Lagares would take over the role as Centerfield too, as while Cespedes is playing their now, it is not a good idea to have him out there on a multi-year deal.
Conforto would be your starting LF in all likelihood, and Michael Cuddyer may thrive as a batter versus tough left-handers – and as an everyday Pinch Hitter.
The club also has a ton of Unrestricted Free Agents leaving the nest such as Bartolo Colon, Kelly Johnson, Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe, Bobby Parnell and Eric O’Flaherty joining Murphy as pending Free Agents.
While all of this aforementioned guys have been contributors to the big club this year, they can be replaced. With only a handful of players even qualifying for Arbitration next year, and a projected payroll of just $50 MIL (if you take out Granderson’s cash), there is no reason why you couldn’t pay Cespedes north of $20 MIL for the next few seasons.
With a young nucleus Starting Staff of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz under Team Control till at least 2019 (and only Harvey will be a Free Agent then), this team needs just an average offense to compete.
A solid 3-4-5 lineup with Wright-Cespedes-Duda will go a long way to providing the pop needed to compete for the next several campaigns. The team could should also be decent with the offense provided from d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto for years to come- and Juan Lagares is a great back of the lineup hitter.
Really you need to acquire a Second Baseman. Jon Niese could even be dangled as a potential trade chip – if you are looking to create some more salary relief to sign another batter.
A guy that may be a perfect fit for the Mets in addition to signing Cespedes – would be a guy like Ben Zobrist, who could play 2B or OF in a bind. Heck, I bet he could even play 3B should David Wright be on the shelf for any time in the future.
But this is a story about Cespedes.
The Mets are blessed to have four potential aces in the fold for the next several years in the Starters, and you add the likes of Jeurys Familia out of the Bullpen role, and you have a controlled/salaried staff that enables you to focus your efforts to help the offense and contend for a championship for the imminent future.
With the Braves, Phillies and Marlins looking to be on the edge of mediocrity for at least the next year or two, you should only be competing in all sincerity with the Nationals. But you have to make sure there is pop in your lineup.
Even if New York has to overpay for the years of 4 – 6 with Cespedes a deal would be worth it.
I think a 5 – 6 year offer worth $20 – $23 MIL per year is well within the Mets capability – regardless if the Wilpon’s still own the club.
One could argue that a player like Cespedes may be worth as much as 7000 – 10000 more attendance per game for at least the 1st 3 seasons he is there. If that is the case, his salary would be more than amply paid. Add in team merchandise sales, and you are talking a great brand.
Yoenis Cespedes has proven he can thrive in New York already, and no one has made the park of Citi Field look small like he has. His power transcends the cavernous stadium. He is a star as also proved by winning Home Run Derby’s in the past, and the Mets fans have embraced the guy incredibly well.
New York is a big market club – and it is time they start acting like one in the ownership.
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Posted on October 11, 2015, in MLB Payroll and Contracts, MLB Player Profiles and tagged adrian beltre, Angel Stadium, Atlanta Braves, bartolo colon, ben zobrist, citi field, curtis granderson, daniel murphy, fenway park, fred wilpon, Jeff Wilpon, jerry blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jonathon Niese, juan lagares, lucas duda, matt harvey, miami marlins, michael conforto, michael cuddyer, new york mets, new york mets salaries, NL east, Noah Syndergaard, oakland a's, philadelphia phillies, ruben tejada, Steven Matz, terry collins, travis d'arnaud, washington nationals, yoenis cespedes. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Mets Should Do Whatever It Takes To Sign Yoenis Cespedes This Winter.