Yoenis Cespedes Also Betting on Himself
It seems really obvious that Yoenis Cespedes really wanted to stay in New York, since he reportedly left at least $25 million on the table in guaranteed money to re-up with the Mets for three years and $75 million. He also gets a no trade clause and an opt-out after only one year for which he will be paid $27.5 million.
From everything I know about Cespedes, I’m not that surprised that he wanted to stay in New York. For a player from Cuba, I would think that New York City and Miami would be the top two places to play if you could choose. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Cespedes plans to spend his summers in NYC and his winters in Florida, which is what about 80% of New Yorkers would do if they could afford it.
Cespedes also seems like a guy who won’t shy away from the bright lights of the big city. What remains to be seen is whether or not he can play a full season like he did the last two months for the Mets in 2015. The new Shea Stadium isn’t a significantly better place for hitters than the old Shea Stadium, and Old Shea was a strong pitchers’ park.
Still, there is something to be said for playing where you feel at home, and Cespedes surely seems to feel at home in New York. We will see what happens soon enough.