Power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the last remaining big-name free agent position player yet to sign a deal, finally found a home for the 2016 season Friday night.
According to reports by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Cespedes agreed to terms on a 3-year, $75 million deal to return to the Big Apple for at least one more season with the New York Mets.
The deal does include an opt-out clause after this season, so the late-season trade that GM Sandy Alderson made last year has been extended a two-month rental to at least a one year and two month rental.
If he opts out of his contract after the first year, he will only receive $27.5 million of the full $75 million.
Cespedes was traded from the Tigers to the Mets at the trade deadline last year, and helped lead the Metropolitans to their first World Series appearance since 2000. The Gold Glove Award winning outfielder batted .287 with 17 HR and 44 RBI in his 57 games with New York.
Despite the deal being worth less money, Cespedes chose to return to the Mets instead of accepting a potential offer from the Nationals or other teams that were perusing him.
Cespedes is by far the biggest addition New York has made this offseason, though the team did lose NLDS and CS hero Daniel Murphy in free agency. The Mets also recently acquired reliever Antonio Bastardo.
The Mets begin the 2016 regular season with a two-game series against the Royals in a rematch of last year’s World Series in Kansas City.