New York Mets – Yoenis Cespedes
While Cespedes didn’t play much center field before being traded to New York, he is expected to be the Opening Day center fielder for Terry Collins’ squad this season. After being traded from the Tigers to the Mets, Cespedes had a slash line of .287/.337/.604 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI’s.
Cespedes has the best power of any center fielder on this list. The 30-year-old has hit 22+ home runs in each of his four seasons in the big leagues. Last season, if you combine his numbers with the Tigers and Mets, he hit 35 home runs and had 105 RBI’s, both career-highs. His 35 homers were seventh in baseball and second in RBI’s among outfielders (Jose Bautista had 114 RBI’s).
Cespedes did win the Gold Glove last season, but it was as a left fielder. He had 15 defensive runs saved as a left fielder (second behind Starling Marte), but he had -4 runs saved as a center fielder. But, keep this in mind, the Mets could always use Juan Lagares late in games as a defensive replacement.
By signing the three-year deal with the opt-out after 2016, Cespedes can get the long-term deal next winter if he has another great season. He wanted to stay in New York and he is the impact bat that the Mets needed in that lineup. We want to hear from you! How do you rank the center fielders in the NL East and where does Ben Revere rank on your list?