According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Yoenis Cespedes is planning to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the conclusion World Series, although it is not official yet. Cespedes has three days after the conclusion of the World Series to officially make his decision.
If he does choose to go through with the opt-out, Cespedes will become a free agent for the second consecutive offseason. He has two years and $47.5 million remaining on the contract with the Mets that he signed last offseason, but he can easily get more money over a longer contract this year.
The 31-year-old was one of the Mets’ best players this season, posting a .280/.354/.530 line with 31 home runs. He led the Mets in homers, RBIs, OPS, OBP, slugging percentage, and wRC+. He was worth 3.4 fWAR in 132 games. This marks the second consecutive year in which Cespedes has produced elite offensive production, and he should be able to cash in on that. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Cespedes wants at least a five-year deal.
The Mets could still be in play to re-sign Cespedes once he opts out, but Rubin has also said that the team expects him to depart this winter. Needless to say, losing their star outfielder would be a huge blow for the Mets going forward.