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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: METS BRING BACK YOENIS TO REMOVE BIGGEST BAT FROM MARKET

In a move that was hinted at for weeks, the New York Mets have re-signed free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal worth $110 million.  He only has to pass a physical to make the contract official which is expected to be a formality and so Cespedes' signing removes the biggest bat from the market as the second installment of the Winter Meetings gets set to launch next week.  Again Cespedes returning to the Mets is a shock to no one as it was widely expected from the beginning since he openly expressed how much he loved playing there and the team itself said nothing but nice things.  The fact Cespedes also proved he could excel in the pressure cooker that is New York was also a major selling point as he batted .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI.  As far as fantasy baseball is concerned, Cespedes is a firm mid-level outfielder 1 who is just below the five-tool outfielders and another 30 home runs and 90 RBI is expected.  While Cespedes doesn't run anymore like he did a bit when he first arrived with the Oakland A's, he is a boost in four of the five standard ROTO categories and so he should start hearing his name called in the late second round ion drafts this spring. 

As far as further fallout from the deal, the Mets now have a good problem on their hands in terms of having five outfielders for three spots.  Cespedes and Curtis Granderson are two locks and then there is Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Juan Lagares.  The Mets don't want to stunt the growth of Conforto and ideally the Mets don't want to have three all these lefty outfield bats.  Thus the most likely scenario is that the Mets will entertain trade offers for Bruce and maybe even Granderson at the Winter Meetings, ideally for a power bullpen arm or a catcher.  Wilson Ramos and Matt Wieters remain on the market as free agent catchers and a play could be made for them now that Cespedes is taken care of.  Either way, the Mets are far from finished this winter. 


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