It is finally done. The long awaited destination of free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been decided upon and he is heading back to Queens. Shockingly, Hal Steinbrenner's trollish statement about "you never know what could happen" was indeed trolling. As reported last night, the New York Mets have signed Cespedes to a three year, $75 million dollar contract. This contract also includes a one year opt-out clause, because those clauses have just been all the rage this offseason.
All in all, the deal is good for both Cespedes and the Mets. He made it pretty clear that he enjoyed playing in Queens. The Mets fans loved him, and the Mets themselves needed some kind of power threat to solidify the middle of their lineup. Plus, the one year opt-out allows him to potentially become a free agent again next year. If the rumored Nationals offering of more years and more money are indeed true, either Cespedes really liked playing in New York or he really did not want to play for the Nationals. Perhaps he thought that the Nats deal would just kinda strangle him or attempt to choke his talent away. Anything's possible. Either way, he's not the first free agent to follow the Wu Tang credo of "ya best protect your neck" this offseason.
Comments of the Day
No COTDs yesterday. Ah well.
GIF of the Day
A lot of people will probably need to shovel snow before or after reading this. Therefore, hopefully this cheers you up.
Honorable Mod Mention
Charlie Osborn wins the COTD for both his articles yesterday.
- Would you have given Cespedes the same deal the Mets gave him?
- Favorite thing about snow?
Song of the Day
Love Me Like You Do by Vitamin String Quartet
It's Vitamin String Quartet week on Pinstripe Alley. Because the "Love Me Like Yo Do" pun is perfect for today. As always, please link us your song of the day.
Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day. Still one more day until we find out who's going to the Super Bowl. Good luck with the snowstorm, East Coast PSAers.