Report: Yoenis Cespedes will be eligible for a qualifying offer next winter

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As part of his reported three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes will have the ability to opt out of the contract after the first year. He will receive a $27.5 million salary for 2016 if he decides to opt out. Due to his major league service time, there was some question about whether he’d be eligible for a qualifying offer from the Mets in the event of an opt-out. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal provided some clarity on the matter this afternoon:

In other words, this would be like any other normal free agent situation. At least assuming they remain with the same team for the entire season.

Barring an injury or a huge decline from his 2015 numbers, Cespedes will almost certainly exercise his opt-out and test the free agent market. The win-now Mets are fully-aware of this, but the potential draft pick compensation is yet another reason to like this deal from their perspective.