Yoenis Cespedes Opts Out of Mets Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Although there are two years remaining on his contract, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes opted out of his deal on Saturday, per Today's Knuckleball's Jon Heyman

Heyman first reported the Cuban slugger would pass up $47.5 million over the next two seasons to become a free agent on Oct. 26. 

Per Heyman, two anonymous general managers expect Cespedes to land a deal in the neighborhood of $100 million over four years. Heyman added that the Mets and Cespedes have an "open dialogue."

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, however, the Mets are pessimistic about their chances of bringing back the two-time All-Star.

While the 31-year-old missed 30 games this season, he still hit .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI, making him by far the most dangerous run producer in New York's lineup.

The Mets acquired him via trade with the Detroit Tigers in 2015, and he went on to hit .287 with 17 homers and 44 RBI. He earned National League MVP consideration despite playing in just 57 regular-season games for a Mets team that went on to reach the World Series.

Cespedes re-signed with the Mets last offseason despite undoubtedly having plenty of interest from other clubs, and New York can ill afford to lose him. The Mets ranked 26th in MLB in runs scored with him.

The Mets made the playoffs before getting ousted by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card Game, but a third straight year of postseason baseball may not be in the cards if Cespedes walks.

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