The New York Mets have signed Yoenis Cespedes.
I say it again,the N.Y.Mets have signed Yoenis Cespedes!
By signing the right-hand hitting outfielder, the Mets once again will have the cleanup hitter in their lineup that strikes fear in opposing pitchers. Cespedes will lengthen the lineup, and take pressure off the rest of the team. He will allow David Wright to rest more often. He will allow Michael Conforto to develop without the pressures of having to do too much, too soon.
Cespedes is a legitimate star. He is the 2016 Mets version of Darryl Strawberry. Unlike the 2015 Mets, the '16 Mets will get him for the entire season.
The Mets have now taken the necessary step in declaring that they are for real, and that they are major contenders to win the 2016 World Series.
The same exact statement could have been said 8 to 10 weeks ago, but at a cost of anywhere to $75 million to $100 million more. That is what it would have cost to resign Cespedes in November, or even December. That is a lot of money, and those are important dollars.
The smarter the team is with its finances the more dollars the Mets will have to resign all of the homegrown talent that has already made it to a World Series, and earned the love and affection from the Mets fan base. Players such as Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard will command top, top dollar. By not committing 5 or 6 years to Cespedes, or any 30 year old player for that matter, the Mets have gone all in on 2016 while not sacrificing 2018 and beyond. Sandy Alderson and Mets management played this tremendously well. They get a highly motivated Cespedes back to try and repeat and make it back to the 2016 World Series, all on a team friendly contract. The Mets are now complete. The 2016 Mets 25 man roster will have few flaws, if any. The starting rotation may be the best in the Major Leagues. The lineup now with Cespedes back in it will be lethal. The Mets are fully ready to contend for the Championship. Job well done Mr. Alderson.