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The burly Cuban outfielder is the best bat available on the market, making him free agency's biggest prize—but at what will likely be a sharp cost.

November 07, 2016

Position: OF | Age: 31
Current Team: Mets | Best Fit: Phillies
2016 Stats: .280/.354/.530 (.884 OPS), 31 HR, 86 RBIs, 3 SB

After an attractive long-term suitor failed to materialize last winter, Cespedes gambled on himself, signing a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that included an opt out after the first. We have a winner: He ended up making $27.5 million from New York for 2016, and after a season in which he set a career-high in OPS—thanks largely to a personal-best walk rate of 9.4%—he enters a weaker market as the clear-cut No. 1 option. Many clubs will chase him—keep an eye on the power-starved Giants—but the darkhorse Phillies could emerge with both a centerpiece for their rebuild and having leveled a devastating shot at their NL East rival.

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