The Mets, at the very least, will have a longer period to sign Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.
Seeing the potential mutual benefit, the Mets and Cespedes’ representatives changed the clause in his contract that would have given the Mets only five days after the World Series ended to sign him long term or not be able to do so again until May 15, The Post has learned.
Thus, rather than be under a short-term constraint to decide whether to sign Cespedes as a free agent, the Mets can let the process play out and be like any of the other 29 clubs that can negotiate and sign him at any point this offseason.
The sides agreed to the alteration in the past 10 days.
Cespedes is in the final season of his original four-year, $36 million pact he signed with the A’s before the 2012 campaign. That language in the deal calls for Cespedes to be released at the end of the contract. A qualifying offer cannot be tendered to a released player. Thus, as stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the team would have until five days after the World Series to sign Cespedes or not again until May 15.
HUGE, HUGE, HUGE NEWS. This is massive to open up the possibilities of the New York Mets being able to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes. The guy has been a freak of nature unlike anything the Mets have ever seen on their roster. Just mashing the ball in the best way possible. Now the news that he waived a major part of his contract removing any time frame the Mets had to re-sign him is enough to soak my underwear. The rational Mets fan in me still believe we absolutely won’t sign him because the Wilpons hate when their fans are happy, but the irrational Mets fan in me now thinks this guy is going to be on this team for the next 5 years hitting a billion home runs. #PrayForTheNLEast #PrayForBryceHarper #PrayForTheNationals #PrayForTheMLB
WE WANT YO!