Yoenis Cespedes is a Met once again, this time on a four-year, $110 million contract that will keep him in a Met uniform through 2020. Some details of the contract have already been released, most notably the full no-trade clause that grants Cespedes the power to block any trade that would send him elsewhere. Further details of that contract are now known.
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that Cespedes will receive financial rewards should he win any of the major awards. Those include:
- $50,000 for an appearance in the All-Star Game
- $50,000 for a Silver Slugger Award
- $100,000 for a Gold Glove Award
- $125,000 for the NL MVP Award
- $50,000 for the NLCS MVP Award
- $100,000 for the World Series MVP Award
It is worth noting that Cespedes has been an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner in past years. These incentives are pennies in comparison to the $22.5 million he is due to receive this season or the $87.5 million he is due from 2018-2020, and the Mets would happily part with the extra $125,000 it would cost should Cespedes win the MVP.
Heyman also reports that the Mets will pay for Cespedes to stay in hotel suites when traveling for away games, a privilege often given to top-tier players.