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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Yoenis Cespedes re-signs with Mets for four years, $110 million

Yoenis Cespedes Mets

Yoenis Cespedes opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Mets earlier this month, but that does not mean the outfielder ever intended to leave New York.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Mets have re-signed Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million deal.

As Rosenthal notes, that would be the largest free agent deal in Mets history. The new deal gives Cespedes an additional two years and $55 million more than the contract he chose to opt out of. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Cespedes’ new contract includes a full no-trade clause.

Financially, it obviously made sense for Cespedes to opt out. However, he had previously expressed a desire to remain with the Mets and has been a natural fit with the team since he was acquired at the trade deadline in 2015. A reunion made sense from the start.

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