Tom Brennan - OPT OUT CHAIN REACTION COMING?
So Yoenis Cespedes may opt out? Uggh!
That's only because when the Mets had the opportunity to play Big Boy Baseball last winter and lock him up to a long term deal after all their competitors folded, the Mets opted out of producing a long term deal for Cespedes lucrative enough to lock him up and signed him to this deal allowing him to opt out after 2016.
When he opts out now, the Mets will be but one of his suitors.
The Mets may get that "deer in the headlights" look and opt out again, figuring the rest of their guys can pick up the load.
But without him, compare the Mets' 2017 offense to their still-active 2016 competitors, the Cubs - who will have a full year of the mighty Schwarber next year. No contest, big edge to Cubs.
Lock up Cespedes as a Met, and the Met would still cede the edge to the Cubs offensively in 2017.
So...don't sign Cespedes long term, and we may find the Mets are in effect opting out of the 2017 post-season race.
Then a lot of fans may opt to stay out of Citifield in 2017, too.
If it were me, I would opt to sign him. Because I get the fan's optics. Most would be very, very disappointed without him.