It was a brilliant move by both the Mets and for Cespedes.
The Mets, who now solidify themselves as a strong contender for the World Series trophy while they still have the rights to their stable of young, stud arms, will make the money they will pay Cespedes in droves by packing Citi Field on a regular basis over the next three summers.
Just as critical, it would have been a disaster had Cespedes joined Daniel Murphy in the Washington Nationals' lineup.
For Cespedes, who can opt out after this season if he has a monster year, this was a no-brainer. He also now becomes a Met fan favorite on the level of a David Wright, having left $25 million on the table that he would have received from the arch rival Nationals on a five year deal.
In short, Cespedes officially became a Met last night.
The signing also represents some stability for Cespedes, who has played on four teams in two years.
For Mets' fans, there are now no longer any excuses for not selling out Citi Field nightly. The Mets are a better team than they were in October--having addressed all of their weaknesses at second base, shortstop, the left side of the bullpen, and now, a much-needed slugger in the three hole of the lineup.
Mets' fans, who have rightfully complained about the direction of the organization for years, no longer have any excuses but to embrace this ball club.