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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mets owed draft pick after 2016 season for Yoenis Cespedes. Who knew what when?

So far it seems that only one person has stated this: reporter Ken Rosenthal.  But even Rosenthal did not write about the Mets getting a draft pick until AFTER his general commentary about the Mets signing Yoenis Cespedes to a three year deal with an opt out after year one.  The issue is whether the Mets would be owed a draft pick should Cespedes opt out.  Who knew what when?

Yoenis Cespedes born: October 18, 1985 in Campechuela, Granma, Cuba

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal  Jan 23
Cespedes eligible for qualifying offer if he opts out after one year. #Mets will get compensation pick if they make him QO and he departs.


Yoenis Cespedes remains the apple of the Mets' eye
By Ken Rosenthal  @ken_rosenthal Jan 22, 2016 at 5:33p ET

... $75 million contract with the Mets, the highest average annual salary for a position player this offseason, pending a physical ...

The deal is an absolute triumph for general manager Sandy Alderson and Mets ownership...

The Mets ended up giving Cespedes and his agents, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA and Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports, plenty of other goodies — a $27.5 million salary if he exercises his right to opt out after one year, a full no-trade clause, no deferred money...

Some (other clubs) feared that, at 30, he soon might decline...

But think back to how the Mets acquired him last July, after proposed trades for Carlos Gomez and Jay Bruce fell through. Cespedes became, and will remain, something of a lucky charm. Ditto for the player who was supposed to be traded for Gomez, infielder Wilmer Flores...

... he will be a year older next offseason, but the free-agent class for outfielders will be considerably weaker...

... because Cespedes was ineligible for a qualifying offer, they (Mets) will not even need to part with a draft pick (for signing Cespedes)

There is no mention in that post of the Mets getting a draft pick if Cespedes turns down their qualifying offer after the 2016 season and leaves.  Maybe everyone but me understands that but I wonder.

Did Cespedes?  Did his agents?  Did Met GM Alderson?

And where's the logic?  Why would a team not sign Cespedes now and NOT give up a draft pick but sign him when he is one year older and it would cost the signing team a draft pick?  That's a big advantage for the Mets.  Did all parties realize that?  Does Cespedes understand the ramifications?
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Carlos Gomez
The Mets lucked out initially when their July trade for Carlos Gomez fell through because Gomez failed his physical examination with Met doctors. After that the Mets acquired Cespedes. It would be ironic if Cespedes now failed his Met physical.

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