With Cespedes signed for 4 more years for $110 million, is Jay Bruce expendable?
GM Mets Sandy Alderson kept his word. He retained his best player before the start of The 2016 Winter Meetings which are being held from December 4th-8th in National Harbor, Maryland. The cost for the 31-year-old Cespedes; 4-years, $110,000,000 = to approximately $27.5 million per year.
No one can question how Cespedes was the offensive spark plug that got the Mets to the World Series in 2015 as well as into the 2016 postseason via a one game wild card game vs. the Giants.
After the Mets acquired Cespedes in 2015 at first in a trade with the Tigers at the trading deadline, his 57 games of production at the plate resulted in 17 HRs and 44 RBIs and a .287 batting average.
In 2016 he put up big numbers in 132 games; 31 HRs, 86 RBIs, batting .280. He opted-out of his 3-year $75 million deal with the Mets after one year and declared himself a free agent. Mets wasted no time to keep the Cuban born star in the New York limelight that suits him well.
Mets fans should be celebrating. They can no longer call CEO Fred Wilpon frugal. Mets ownership have proven to their fans and to baseball they're serious about winning with the goal of going the distance and signing Cespedes proves it. Finishing 2nd, won't suffice as they did in 2016 eight games back of the Nationals.
This important signing likely makes OF Jay Bruce expendable who struggled with the Mets after being acquired at the trade deadline last season. Despite putting up even bigger season-ending numbers (33 HRs, 99 RBIs) than Cespedes his numbers as a NY Met in 50 games were just 8 HRs 19 RBIs .219.
Wouldn't it be something in the Mets make the playoffs for a third straight year. It's now very possible with Cespedes being a NYC resident for four more years.