But when Cespedes signed, expectations were much higher. And the possibility of losing him after one season didn't seem so bad considering many believed the Mets would ultimately make another World Series run in 2016 following their surprise appearance in 2015.
Losing Yoenis without winning a ring wasn't in New York's plans, but could very well come to fruition.
However, all hope isn't lost, as Cespedes has been open about his love for New York since he arrived from Detroit. He told ESPN as much last fall.
"I loved my experience with the Mets last season," Cespedes said in a statement released by the team. "In a short period of time, my teammates and the fans made New York feel like home, and I truly felt embraced by the entire organization. As I entered free agency, I couldn't deny the pull to come back and finish what we had started last year. I am excited to finally announce that next season I am coming back to join the New York Mets once again."
But after another phenomenal season in which he unsurprisingly posted a monster stat line (.280, 31 HR, 86 RBI in 132 games), there's a boatload of money waiting for him on the open market and he'd be absolutely foolish not to entertain outside offers.
According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, Cespedes, 30, has been giving mixed signals to those inside the Mets organization since the club lost to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game on Wednesday.
"Still, he left the clubhouse, even those he did speak to, in a state of limbo about his and the Mets' future. The Cuban slugger has until three days after the World Series to exercise the option in his three-year deal with the Mets to walk after this year."