New details about the amended contract agreement between the New York Mets and Yoenis Cespedes emerged this weekend. Let’s break down the report.
Going into the 2020 New York Mets season, Yoenis Cespedes‘ return to baseball after missing a year and a half following his recovery from multiple injuries was one of the big storylines to watch, and now, a new wrinkle has been thrown into the mix.
After injuring himself following an incident at his ranch in Florida last season while recovering from double heel surgery, Cespedes and the Mets came to a settlement regarding his contract for the 2020 season.
The quick summary of this settlement is now the majority of his salary is largely incentive-based, as opposed to the $29.5 million of fully guaranteed money he was set to receive this season, meaning now, the man is going to have to work for his money.
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According to ESPN.com, Cespedes will make a base salary of $6 million, regardless of what happens this season, whether he takes the field or not. However, once he is placed on the active roster by the team, his salary will be increased to $11 million.
From there, the rest of his salary will be based upon performance incentives, mainly based on his plate appearances over the course of the season, which if all achieved, will earn his an additional $9 million.
For his 200, 250 and 275 plate appearances, he will make $250,000 each, totaling $750k. His 300, 350, 375 and 400th plate appearances net him an additional $500k each, totaling $2 million.
For his 425, 450 and 475th, $750,000 each or $2.25 million. And lastly, $1 million apiece for 525, 550, 575 and 650, totaling $4 million.
In short, Cespedes will make an additional $9 million for the 2020 season if he makes 650 plate appearances next season. The last time he reached that feat was in 2015, which he split playing between the Tiger and Mets, so if he reaches that means ideally, he will be some semblance of his old form
Beyond that, he will make additional incentives for any awards he receives. Next year, he will make an extra $500k if selected to the All-Star game, $750k for a Gold Glove award, $750k for a silver slugger award and $1 million if he wins the league MVP.
Additionally, if the Mets make the playoffs in 2020, he has the potential to earn $500k if he wins League Championship MVP and another $500k if he wins the World Series MVP.
If by some miracle, Yoenis Cespedes achieves all of these feats, he will earn $24,000,000 in 2020 through his base salary and additional incentives.
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Right now, no one is exactly sure what to expect out of Cespedes in 2020, but if he does end up earning all of these incentives playing for the Mets next season, he surely will have been worth every penny.