Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his three-year, $75 million contract at the conclusion of the World Series, according to Jon Heyman. The latest teammate to remain hopeful the Mets will re-sign the Cuban slugger is Curtis Granderson.
Granderson Spoke at Wrigley Field on Friday after receiving this year’s Roberto Clemente Award.
“Obviously there will be a reason for him to [opt out],” Granderson said (via the New York Daily News). “He still would have an opportunity to sign back with the Mets, so if he does do it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all is lost.”
Granderson also suggested even if Yo opts out, there might just be some restructuring of his contract instead.
In all likelihood, Cespedes will part with the $47.5 million remaining on his contract in order to test the free-agent market. Cespedes proved to be a dynamic offensive player, and the 2016 free agent market is relatively weak.
Also contrary to the belief running on fumes, Granderson said “everyone loves [Cespedes] in the clubhouse. He gets along great with everybody, he loves being in the city of New York and New Yorkers all like him. It would be huge to get him back if he does end up opting out.”
Granderson concluded his Cespedes segment with, “he’s as close to a five-tool athlete as I’ve seen.”