Ce­s­pedes, Mets agree on $110M, 4-year deal

All-Star out­fielder agrees to $110M, 4-year deal af­ter opt­ing out of orig­i­nal deal signed last year

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Blum

Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes is stay­ing with the New York Mets — again.

Af­ter test­ing free agency for the sec­ond straight off­sea­son, the slug­ging out­fielder agreed to a $110 mil­lion, four-year con­tract with New York, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day.

The per­son spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the agree­ment is sub­ject to Ce­s­pedes suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a phys­i­cal.

A two-time All-Star, Ce­s­pedes gets $22.5 mil­lion in 2017, $29 mil­lion in each of the fol­low­ing two sea­sons and $29.5 mil­lion in 2020.

The 31-year-old re­ceives a full no-trade pro­vi­sion as part of the agree­ment, the largest for a free agent thus far this off­sea­son. The deal’s $27.5 mil­lion av­er­age an­nual value ties for­mer Yan­kees third base­man Alex Ro­driguez for the sec­ond-high­est among po­si­tion play­ers, trail­ing only Miguel Cabr­era’s $29.2 mil­lion with Detroit.

Ac­quired by the Mets from

the Tigers 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, three­year con­tract that al­lowed

him to opt out af­ter one sea­son and $27.5 mil­lion.

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

Other out­field­ers on the free-agent mar­ket in­clude ma­jor league home run leader Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista, Car­los Bel­tran, Dex­ter Fowler, Josh Red­dick and Matt Hol­l­i­day.

Mets gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son said he wanted a res­o­lu­tion to Ce­s­pedes’ negotiations with the team by the end of the win­ter meet­ings, which run from Dec. 5-8.

AP FILE

Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and the Mets agreed to a $110 mil­lion, 4-year con­tract with New York, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told AP.

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