Cespedes could not deny Mets lure


Yoenis Cespedes says he could not deny the lure of playing with the New York Mets again after signing a three-year deal with the team.

Outfielder Cespedes was traded to the Mets from the Detroit Tigers in July last year and helped the franchise to the World Series, which they lost 4-1 to the Kansas City Royals.

He finished 2015 with 35 home runs and was third in Major League Baseball for extra-base hits with 83.

Cespedes became a free agent after the 2015 season but has come back to the Mets in a deal announced on Tuesday and reported to be worth $75million.

"I loved my experience with the Mets last season," Cespedes said. "In a short period of time, my team-mates and the fans made New York feel like home, and I truly felt embraced by the entire organisation.

"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."