Let's start with the title of this piece.
The New York Mets need to trade OF Yoenis Cespedes this winter
You don't say. Yes they should try to trade Cespedes from the Mets, but there is a problem that isn't recognized in this article. The NO TRADE CLAUSE. Not once is the not trade clause written about in this article. Not once! Here look at the current contract for Cespedes. No TRADE CLAUSE is right there. It took me 30 seconds to look it up.
From Elite Sports NY
If Cespedes is capable of playing at some point next season, the Mets should seriously consider moving the Cuban slugger. Aside from helping the Mets reach the World Series in 2015, Cespedes hasn’t exactly lived up to his expensive contract.
Injuries have been the main concern for Yoenis throughout his five seasons with the Mets. Last season, a nagging hip injury limited him to just 38 games. During those matchups, he recorded just six doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, .234 ISO, a 0.9 fWAR and a slash line of .262/.325/.496/.821. The veteran is also far beyond his 2016 performance when he produced 31 home runs and earned a 3.7 fWAR.
It may be tough for the Mets to find a trade suitor for Cespedes. However, a trade would be more likely if the Mets are willing to eat some of his remaining salary. If the Mets were to keep half of the remaining $29.5 million on his contract, then they’d most likely be able to complete a trade for the soon-to-be free agent. As it stands, teams like the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates and Padres could all certainly be interested in acquiring Cespedes.
Trading away Cespedes would make sense on all fronts for the Mets. With the emergence of J.D. Davis
, the Mets currently have a much cheaper hitter who has shown to be capable of producing power numbers similar to Cespedes.
Davis, 26, only became an everyday player in left field in the second half of the season. Overall, Davis hit for 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 57 RBIs, .220 ISO, .355 BABIP, 136 wRC+, 2.4 fWAR and an impressive hitting line of .307/.369/.527/.895 through just 410 at-bats in 140 games.
Davis’ production this season shows he’s capable of becoming a reliable power hitter worthy of everyday playing time. Therefore, the Mets don’t have any glaring holes in the outfield or the lineup.
This article just annoyed the hell out of me because it reads like a caller from WFAN with their "sure fire" trades. Writers/bloggers can you guys please do your research. I don't profess to be a professional writer in any way. Blogging is and always will be a hobby for me and I try my best to get my fact straight before I hit publish.
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