Details of Yoenis Cespedes’ Restructured Contract Revealed and He is Losing a Ton of Money

Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a restructured contract on Friday.
Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a restructured contract on Friday. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Fans in flushing undoubtedly unleashed a compiled and profound sigh of relief on Friday when news broke that the New York Mets agreed to an amended contract with oft-injured outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The chunk that would be coming off of Cespedes colossal $29.5 million salary, however, was undisclosed at the time of the report.

Well, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the aforementioned $29.5 million figure will drop below...wait for it...$10 million.

Sherman notes that Cespedes can earn up to $20 million if he meets certain individual bonuses that were included in the restructured deal. Effectively, he'll have to be active and healthy to recoup that money.

In addition to the huge amount he'll sacrifice in 2020, he's also forfeiting some of his 2019 salary as well.

The reshuffling, of course, comes on the heels of Cespedes undergoing double heal surgery in May that forced him to miss the entire 2019 season. That mayhem followed a fractured ankle he suffered in a freak injury at his ranch.

This is certainly a massive blow for the Cuban native, but one he had to see coming given his injury history since arriving in Queens. Maybe these unfortunate developments are just what he needs to motivate him to perform and stay on the field for the Amazins in 2020.

We'll see if the Mets try to use the money they saved on Cespedes' contract to pursue some of the remaining quality free agents.