The signing of Yoenis Cespedes signals the start of the 2017 season. With this signing the Mets are saying they are looking at this season as one in which they will try to win as opposed to one in which they will rebuild.
Cespedes gives the Mets the heavy bat in the middle of the order that’s needed to compete but also gives the Mets flexibility with which to make a deal for another need due to a glut of outfielders. Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares are the other outfielders the Mets have that are of starting quality. It appears the Mets would be most likely to trade Bruce or Granderson. Both are entering the walk years in their contracts and could fetch some value on the market. The Mets could use some relief help so this could be how they get it.