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What’s Next For Yoenis Cespedes?

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HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

When the New York Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes on July 31st, it changed the makeup of the everyday line-up and can be considered one of the greatest trades in Mets history. The move brought over a player that quickly made his presence known as he helped make the Mets into serious contenders.

Cespedes not only helped the Mets win, he led them into the postseason, but the storybook ride ended in five games to the Kansas City Royals  in the World Series.

But his non-appearance in the Fall Classic hurt the Mets chances of winning a title for the first time in 29 years, but could his shoddy play in the outfield and weak bat ruin his chances of locking up a top dollar long-term contract in the off-season?

The answer to that question may be, NO, because of what he did in half a season with the Mets, but will teams take into consideration what he did on the grand stage of them all?

Teams love the big bat, the power guys that are capable of hitting the ball 500 feet, because it draws crowds and a lot of attention to the organization, but how much more will teams want an impact player that can also do it when it matters the most?

After Cespedes arrived in NY, he batted .287, with 17 home runs, and 44 RBIs in 57 games. In the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cespedes batted .250, with two home runs, and four RBIs in 20 at bats. Against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, he batted .286, with no home runs and three RBIs in 14 at bats.

But on the grand stage, the World Series, Cespedes had a chance to add to his legacy and set himself up for a great pay-day, but he struggled at the plate and batted just .150, with no home runs and just one RBI in 20 at bats.

Not a performance that any player would want to end the season on, while seeking a long-term contract in the coming off-season. Actually his last at bat saw him limping off the field after fouling a ball off his left knee really hard. The diagnosis was a left knee contusion, and was day-to-day, so he should be fine for 2016 and beyond.

The question beckons, will teams over-look the holes in his swing and the lackadaisical play in the outfield when it mattered the most, with the hopes that his regular season play, translates to possible World Series titles?

So when teams officially start making offers to free agents on Saturday November 7, what will be the price tag to land the 30-year-old power bat? And who will be the lucky team to grab his services?

We will find out very soon which team will stand up to the plate and hand the Cuban native a blank check, but in will it be that simple?

David Conde

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
David is the Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®. He was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. David's idea forLegends on Deck is to be a site where passionate fans of the game have a place to read about their favorite baseball teams. The site is also for people who had a talent to write or even take photographs and have the platform to share. The passion of following the Minor Leagues can be seen all over the site as the players journey's are what what drives the LOD team to share their content. David's passion is making available a site that people can have fun sharing and reading.

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