CHICAGO – Even with this week’s news that Yoenis Cespedes plans to opt out of his contract following the World Series, Curtis Granderson is holding out hope that his teammate will return to the Mets.
Speaking at Wrigley Field after receiving this year’s Roberto Clemente Award, Granderson noted that Cespedes hasn’t actually opted out yet despite all the reports, but the veteran outfielder knows what a hole a Cespedes departure would leave.
“He’s as close to a five-tool athlete as I’ve seen,” Granderson said. “When he’s healthy, he can steal bases, he gets down the line better than anybody I’ve seen, he hits for power, he hits for average, he can play all three outfield positions and he’s got one of the best arms in the game. Just to find a person like that in the game right now that would be available, it’s few and far between.
“Plus everyone loves him in the clubhouse, he gets along great with everybody, he loves being in the city of New York and New Yorkers all like him. It would be huge to get him back if he does end up opting out.”
Granderson, who is entering the final season of the four-year, $60 million pact he signed as a free agent with the Mets after the 2013 season, understands why Cespedes would be tempted to opt out and test the free-agent waters for the second straight year.
“If he does do it, obviously there will be a reason for him to do it, to see what his other options are,” Granderson said. “To get a chance to be a free agent (is rare), and he’ll get an opportunity to do it twice. He still would have an opportunity to sign back with the Mets, so if he does do it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all is lost. It might mean that there might be some restructuring that needs to be done to bring him back.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News