Yoenis Cespedes officially opts out of Mets contract

Baseball One of baseball's hottest free agents this winter is officially on the market.As expected, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of his contract, making him a free agent. .com reported the news Saturday afternoon, hours before the midnight deadline. Cespedes had to meet to declare his intentions. MORE: The 15 worst free-agent signings everCespedes signed a three-year, $75 million contract with the Mets before the 2016 season, but the deal allowed him to opt out after one year. Although Cespedes said earlier this season he intended to play out all three years on the contract, he had reportedly told the club in recent weeks he would opt out, according to the New York Post. Cespedes hit 31 home runs last season, with a slash line of .280/.354/.530. And while he's a below-average defender in center field, where he spent about half his time last season, he's been a plus defender in his more natural position, left field.It's no surprise baseball insiders believe the Giants are the most likely destination for Cespedes. They could use his power (the Giants were 28th in the majors in home runs in 2016), and left-fielder Angel Pagan is a free agent and unlikely to

be resigned.MORE: Top 10 free agents available this offseasonOther possible landing spots for the 31-year-old Cespedes include the Nationals — who made a five-year, $110 million offer he turned down before signing his Mets deal — and the Cardinals, White Sox and Blue Jays.It's also possible Cespedes signs a new deal with the Mets.Wherever he goes, Cespedes will have plenty of disposable income to continue building his famous collection of exotic cars. He's expected to fetch a new deal in the neighborhood of four years and more than $100 million.


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