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Reaction roundup: Mets sign Yoenis Cespedes

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The Mets landed the top dog of free agency.

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Now that the Mets have signed arguably their most important free agent since Carlos Beltran—and to the most expensive deal in franchise history—let’s take a look at what people are saying:

  • David Lennon of Newsday says the “quick strike” means that the front office won’t have to listen to antsy fans calling up and “railing” at them to sign him on the radio.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that Cespedes is “precisely the kind of free agent” the Mets should keep, while also pointing out that the Astros made a big run at the former free agent slugger.
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs takes a look at how the Mets will move forward with their newly crowded outfield, including an idea to shop Michael Conforto.
  • Mark Carig of Newsday says that Jay Bruce is the most likely outfielder to be traded, but he hears that Curtis Granderson being traded is a possibility.
  • Steve Gelbs of SNY praises the Mets for getting the deal done without giving in on a fifth year, claiming that Cespedes is “the key to everything.”
  • Anthony DiComo of MLB.com points out that, including his 2016 signing bonus, Cespedes will have signed the equivalent of a five-year, $137.6 million deal last offseason. That’s a lot of green (compression sleeves).
  • Adam Rubin of ESPN takes a break from MacArthur basketball to write about the deal, saying that it was a move the Mets had to make. Rubin says that the relatively short commitment should be viewed as a win.
  • Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal says that the Mets now have a genuine championship window for at least the next two seasons.
  • In an ESPN Insider post, Keith Law says that the Cespedes deal could be great as long as he plays a corner outfield position.
  • Noah Syndergaard just can’t wait to let his excitement be known.
  • Jose Reyes endorses Cespedes for president, posting a photograph of the two athletes sharing some smiles on a video chat.