Yoenis Cespedes opts out of Mets contract, enters free agency

One of baseball's hottest free agents this winter is officially on the market.Asexpected,Mets outfielderYoenis Cespedes has opted out of his contract, making him a free agent. reported the news Saturday afternoon, hours before the midnight deadline. Cespedes had to meet to declare his intentions.MORE: The 15 worst MLB free-agent signings everCespedessigned a three-year, $75 million contract with the Mets before the 2016 season, but the deal allowed him to opt out after one year. Jose Reyes Jersey Although Cespedes said earlier this season he intended to play out all three years on the contract, he had reportedly told the club in recent weeks he would opt out, according to the New York Post.Cespedes hit 31 home runs last season, with a slash line of.280/.354/.530. And while he's a below-average defender in center field, Mike Piazza Jersey where he spent about half his time last season, he's been a plus defender in his more natural position, left field.It's no surprise baseball insiders believe the Giants are the most likelydestination for Cespedes. They could use his power (the Giants were 28th in the majors in home runs in 2016), and left-fielder Angel Pagan is a free agent and unlikely to be resigned.MORE: Top 10 free agents available this offseasonOther po sible landing spots for the 31-year-oldCespedes include the Nationals who made a five-year, $110 million offer heturned down before signing his Mets deal and the Cardinals, White Sox and Blue Jays.It's also po sible Cespedes signs a new deal with the Mets.Wherever he goes, Cespedes will have plenty of disposable income to continue building his famous collection of exotic cars. He's expected to fetch a new deal in the neighborhood of four years and more than $100 million.

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