A look back at Mets GM Sandy Alderson signing Cespedes; 4-years $110 million. Was he worth it?
Cespedes is currently off the field due to injury; again. At first a right hip flexor strain, then a quad strain of some kind. In 2018 he's already missed 46 games and counting...
Meanwhile, the Mets have underachieved without him in the lineup. Mets currently are 33-48 and 14.5 games out in the NL Eastern division, 11.5 games back in the wildcard race as we approach the All-Star break.
In 2018 thus far he's hit 8 HRs 28 RBIs and is batting a mere .255 In April when he was in the lineup on a daily basis, at one point the Mets were 11-1. Now the struggling Mets are a mere again ahead of the last place, rebuilding Marlins.
GM Mets Sandy Alderson kept his word when he retained his best player before the start of the 2016 winter meetings. The cost for the then 31-year-old Cespedes; 4-years, $110,000,000 = to approximately $27.5 million per year.
No one can question how Cespedes was the offensive spark plug that got the Mets to the World Series in 2015 as well as into the 2016 postseason via a one game wild card game vs. the Giants.
After the Mets acquired Cespedes in 2015 at first in a trade with the Tigers at the trading deadline, his 57 games of production at the plate resulted in 17 HRs and 44 RBIs and a .287 batting average.
In 2016 he put up big numbers in 132 games; 31 HRs, 86 RBIs, batting .280. He opted-out of his 3-year $75 million deal with the Mets after one year and declared himself a free agent. Mets wasted no time to keep the Cuban born star in the New York limelight that suits him well.
Mets fans celebrated. They can no longer call CEO Fred Wilpon frugal. Mets ownership had proven to their fans and to baseball they're serious about winning with the goal of going the distance and signing Cespedes proves it.
In 2017 the Mets highest paid star Cespedes played just 81 games which equates to half the season. Cespedes spent 50% of last season on the DL with various hamstring related ailments. His season ended statistically with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs while batting .292. The Mets finished in 4th going 70-92, a whopping 27 games behind the 1st place Nationals.
No doubt, if they fail to make the playoffs again in 2018 which will be the case barring an amazing turn-around, not having Cespedes on the field will be the primary reason why. To think in 2019 he will be paid $29,000,000 and then again in 2020 $29,500,00.
I think the odds are slim for the next two seasons he plays 130 or more games each year moving forward considering he's been injury prone and apparently doesn't seem to care while he's rehabbing at his large Florida ranch.
So Mets fans have to ask was he worth it? I say absolutely not despite his immense talent. He would of been simply a great rental considering he's not passionate enough about playing or returning to the lineup soon enough.
The now former GM Sandy Alderson who battling a second reoccurrence of cancer, has be regretting he caved on a no-trade clause and gave him a $110,000,000 4-year contract. It's possible for a second straight year this high-maintenance offensive superstar will play another half-season of baseball all while his team falls by the waste side.