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Further details about Yoenis Cespedes’ amended contract have come to light. His base pay will be reduced from $29.5 million to $6 million to avoid a grievance hearing, That salary will be bumped up to $11 million if Cespedes plays for the Mets in 2020, but he will only earn the $6 million in base pay if he goes on the IL with an injury related to the ankle injury he suffered on his ranch, according to a report from Jon Heyman.
Cespedes’ new contract is also loaded with incentives and he can earn up to $9 million from those incentives, which are based on plate appearances.
Joel Sherman wrote about why Nolan Arenado is the perfect trade target for the Mets.
Pete Alonso is MLB Network’s top breakout player of 2019.
Around the National League East
The Braves are reluctant to go beyond three years for Hyun-Jin Ryu, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Sam Fortier of the Washington Post reviews the current status of the Nationals’ fifth starter slot.
Nick Pivetta looks to have a bounce back year for the Phillies in 2020 after a disappointing 2019 season.
The Marlins signed Yimi Garcia to a one-year contract and designated Kyle Keller for assignment.
Around Major League Baseball
In the new labor deal between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Umpires Association, umpires have agreed to cooperate with a computerized strike zone, should it be implemented in the major leagues in the future.
Major League Baseball set a record in gross revenues in 2019, hitting $10.7 billion in profits.
The Chicago White Sox signed Dallas Keuchel to a three-year, $55.5 million contract.
With Keuchel’s contract now inked, Scott Boras clients have earned close to a combined $1 billion this offseason.
The Detroit Tigers signed both C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop, each to one-year contracts worth $6.1 million. Schoop will be their every day second baseman and hit in the middle of the order, reports Ken Rosenthal.
This Date in Mets History
On this day in 2005, the Mets signed soon-to-be cult hero Endy Chavez.