Mets keep slugger Cespedes
After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team Tuesday on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause.
Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market.
Last winter, Cespedes' market never fully developed and as spring training approached, only the Baltimore Orioles appeared to be a realistic landing spot. Cespedes ultimately realigned with the Mets, with whom he was a central offensive figure in the 2015 World Series run.
Playing through a right quad injury that impacted him in the field and on the bases for parts of the season, Cespedes hit 31 home runs and drove in 86 runs in 132 games.
Porcello cops award
Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello added to his offseason haul of honors when he was named American League Comeback Player of the Year.
Porcello won his first Cy Young Award earlier this month after going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA. Porcello wasn't coming off an injury-marred 2015 season. Porcello was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA in 2015 before finding his form and leading the majors in victories in 2016.
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was the National League winner after batting .270 with 20 homers and 85 RBIs. It was a nice bounce-back campaign for Rendon, who batted .264 with five homers while being limited to 80 games in 2015 due to three different injuries.
Brewers, Thames ink pact
The Milwaukee Brewers announced the signing of first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames to a three-year contract.
Thames will receive more than $15 million in guaranteed money and the contract includes a club option for 2020, ESPN reports.
In a related move, the Brewers designated slugging first baseman Chris Carter for assignment and are reportedly trying to trade him.
Carter, whose salary is expected to increase dramatically from the $2.5 million he made last season, was tied for the National League lead with 41 homers last season, but also struck out a franchise-record 206 times while batting .222 and totaling 94 RBIs