Yoenis Cespedes Waives Free Agent Timing Clause
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a monster month of August after being traded to the New York Mets. His unbelievable numbers at the plate since the trade (.311 BA,13 HR, 31 RBI) are a big reason why The Mets are in the thick of things for a National League Playoff berth; and have also dramatically raised the stock on the free-agent-to-be.
When Detroit traded Cespedes on July 31 for pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, and when former GM Dave Dombrowski was still employed by Detroit, there was lots of speculation about Cespedes' desire to re-sign with Detroit after the World Series. Well, a lot of things have changed: Dombrowski's gone, Yoenis has had the best six weeks of his MLB career and has likely priced himself out of Detroit's price range. And, now today, according to mlive.com, he has waived an important timing clause in his contract that would have forced the Mets to sign him in the first 5 days following the World Series' conclusion. New York would have not been able to negotiate with other teams until May 2016.
With this news today, it may point towards Cespedes becoming more interested with re-signing with the Mets, or, he may be opening all options for himself. Either way, he's going to command a huge contract, and there will be bigger market teams with deeper pockets than Detroit to go after him.