Cespedes a free agent, opts out of Mets’ deal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

Yoe­nis Cespedes has opted out of the re­main­ing two years of his con­tract with the New York Mets to be­come a free agent again, a person fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Yoe­nis Cespedes has opted out of the re­main­ing two years of his con­tract with the New York Mets to be­come a free agent again, a person fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The person spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Satur­day be­cause the de­ci­sion had not been an­nounced.

Ac­quired by the Mets from Detroit at the July 31 trade dead­line in 2015, Cespedes had 17 home runs and 44 RBIs in 57 games with the Mets down the stretch, help­ing them reach the World Se­ries for the first time since 2000.

Af­ter find­ing a slow mar­ket in a free-agent class that also in­cluded Ja­son Hey­ward, Alex Gor­don and Justin Up­ton, Cespedes made a sur­prise re­turn to the Mets when New York agreed in Jan­uary to a $75 mil­lion, three-year con­tract that al­lowed him to opt out af­ter one sea­son and $27.5 mil­lion.

Cespedes had 31 homers and 86 RBIs in 132 games, slowed af­ter in­jur­ing his right quadri­ceps on July 8. He hit one home run af­ter Sept. 11.

The 31-year-old slug­ger gives up $47.5 mil­lion — $23.75 mil­lion in each of the next two years.

Other out­field­ers on the free-agent mar­ket in­clude ma­jor league home run leader Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista, Car­los Bel­tran, Josh Red­dick and Matt Hol­l­i­day. The Cubs’ Dex­ter Fowler has said he will de­cline his mu­tual op­tion and join the free agents.

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI — AP FILE

Mets’ Yoe­nis Cespedes bats against the Rock­ies. The slug­ger opted out of the re­main­ing two years of his 3-yeard deal with New York to be­come a free agent again.

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