Yoenis Cespedes is staying in New York, a source tells MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Tuesday.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Mets reached a deal with the free-agent outfielder, pending a physical. Terms of the contract, which is the biggest deal in Mets history, are for four years and $110 million, along with a full no-trade clause. The club has not confirmed.
Cespedes will get $22.5 million in 2017, $29 million in ’18, $29 million in ’19 and $29.5 million in ’20, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The average annual value of the contract is $27.5 million, which is the most for an outfielder and is tied with Alex Rodriguez‘s deal with the Yankees. It’s the second-highest average annual value for a position player after Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, and the contract ties for the highest average annual salary for a free-agent position player.
Cespedes, 31, hit .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs in 132 games for the Mets last season.
Zinkie on Cespedes to Mets
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With 48 long balls in 189 games with the Mets, Cespedes has found his comfort zone in the Big Apple. The Cuban certainly could have picked a more favorable home venue from a pure fantasy perspective — Citi Field is relatively tough on right-handed bats — but he will nonetheless command an early-round pick in 2017 drafts on the expectation of a 35-homer, 95-RBI campaign.
With a surplus of formidable options, the Mets may not be done configuring their 2017 outfield. In addition to Cespedes, the Mets have three talented left-handed-hitting outfielders under contract — Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto — as well as righty-hitting center fielder Juan Lagares, who is arguably best-suited for a platoon.
Source: Mets News / Source: Cespedes, Mets agree to 4-year deal