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Now that the Cubs have had their parade and the reality of the curse finally being over is starting to set in, it’s time for another form of reality to take hold for the other 29 clubs across the major leagues -- it’s time for the offseason to get underway. There has already been a flurry of roster moves and transactions since the final pitch of the World Series was thrown, but a pretty big domino has been set up when it comes to the free-agent market. Of course, I’m talking about Yoenis Cespedes and his decision to test that market.
This has been a rumor for a fair amount of time now, but Cespedes made it official yesterday, with Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports being the first to share the news. The 31-year-old outfielder was set to make $47.5 million over the final two years of his deal, but he’ll probably be making more than $100 million over the life of the next deal that he signs. He didn’t match the excellent season he had in 2015, but a player who can put up a slash line of .280/.354/.530 with 31 homers and give you 3.2 fWAR (which is what Cespedes did last season) will be welcome in any locker room in baseball. So Cespedes will have his fair share of suitors this winter.
The main question is whether or not he’ll leave New York for supposedly greener pastures. Despite the fact that he’s opted out, the Mets still figure to have a decent shot at re-signing Cespedes. Though you have to figure that teams with deep pockets and high aspirations (such as these three teams suggested by The Sporting News) are going to be the ones who set the market here, the Mets are probably going to fight pretty hard to keep him. It’ll take a long contract and big money to do so, but if the Mets are planning to keep on battling with the Nationals in the NL East, then holding on to Cespedes should be one of their priorities.
- In other news, Jon Heyman also reported that the Blue Jays would be extending qualifying offers to both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
- The Cubs’ grand World Series Champion tour took them to Saturday Night Live, where Anthony Rizzo twerked. Yep, that actually happened.
- Dexter Fowler joined Rizzo and David Ross in their SNL appearance, but in the meantime, he’ll be a free agent as well.
- Meanwhile, Miguel Montero may have become a pioneer in the art of complaining about playing time after his team just won the World Series.
- The first big trade of the offseason saw Cameron Maybin going to the Angels. The crew at Bless You Boys believes that this was the right time to deal the outfielder.
- Meanwhile, Pinstripe Alley decided to rank the Yankees by trade value, since this figures to be a busy offseason for the Bronx Bombers.
- Brian McCann could be one of the Yankees on the move, but it doesn’t seem like a long-rumored move back to Atlanta is likely.
- The Diamondbacks have a new manager. Now it’s time to see what Dan Szymborski’s ZIPS projections thinks of what the new manager has to work with in 2017.
- If the Cubs can break their seemingly never-ending streak, then surely teams like the Astros, Padres, and Brewers can do it someday, right?