Shortly before 3 pm, Noah Syndergaard tweeted out a Lion King GIF. Around the same time, the Mets updated their social media accounts with a simple smiley face. And then Twitter started erupting.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) November 29, 2016
— New York Mets (@Mets) November 29, 2016
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the news, that the Mets struck a deal with star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for four years and $110 million. And the Mets-Cespedes relationship is no longer like the Blockbuster film you had to continuously renew week in and week out. There’s a no trade clause. No mention of any opt outs. He’s no longer going to be a “rental player” for New York.
But now there’s room to breathe: seems like Cespedes is a part of the Mets organization through 2020. Then he’ll be 35. But if you told Mets fans, myself included, he’d be staying this long, believe me, we wouldn’t believe it. Not one bit.
It was the middle of this year when I really started to feel like Cespedes wanted to make it a solid run in Queens. The confidence grew, and before the playoffs ended, I knew we would land him. To not stretch it to a fifth year, and to avoid paying over $110 million, that was huge for GM Sandy Alderson and his crew. Huge.
The Mets were basically saying their goal for next week’s winter meetings was to sign Cespedes. But now it seems like a Jay Bruce trade is on the horizon much sooner than expected. It bodes well for the fan base. By Chanukah and Christmas time, there should be less doubt.
Heading into 2017 with these two big items checked off is huge. All that’s left is to find a new backup catcher, some new bullpen pieces and to wait and see what happens in regard to Jeurys Familia’s domestic violence case. Suspension looming? (Hopefully there’s no lockout looming either).
Related Note: Industry sources are reporting that the Blue Jays are interested in acquiring Mets OF Jay Bruce. More to come.