Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • NFL
  • Final
    GB21
    ATL44
  • Final
    PIT17
    NE36
  • NBA
  • 1/23 7:00 PM EST
    WAS0
    CHA0
  • 1/23 7:30 PM EST
    LAC0
    ATL0
  • 1/23 7:30 PM EST
    SAC0
    DET0
  • 1/23 7:30 PM EST
    SA0
    BKN0
  • 1/23 7:30 PM EST
    GS0
    MIA0
  • 1/23 8:00 PM EST
    CLE0
    NO0
  • 1/23 8:00 PM EST
    HOU0
    MIL0
  • 1/23 8:00 PM EST
    NY0
    IND0
  • 1/23 9:00 PM EST
    OKC0
    UTA0
  • NHL
  • 1/23 7:00 PM EST
    CAR0
    WSH0
  • 1/23 7:00 PM EST
    LA0
    NYR0
  • 1/23 7:30 PM EST
    CGY0
    TOR0
  • 1/23 8:00 PM EST
    ANA0
    WPG0
  • 1/23 9:00 PM EST
    FLA0
    ARI0
  • 1/23 9:00 PM EST
    SJ0
    COL0

Mets fans start GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Yoenis Cespedes' new contract

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Yoenis Cespedes Going to Mets, Fourth Team in Two Years, According to Reports


By JOHN DORN

New York Mets fans are currently riding high, with their team finally back on top of the National League East and newly acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes leading the offense.

But when the Mets traded for Cespedes last week -- a pivotal addition for this year's team currently fighting for a playoff spot -- it came with an unfortunate quirk. Due to an unusual clause in the 29-year-old's contract, New York must release Cespedes five days after the World Series, making him a free agent.

It'll be a daunting reality for the Mets, whose ownership group has been financially crippled after involvement in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Team payroll has dipped from second-highest in the MLB in 2009 at over $134 million to 22nd in 2011. It currently sits at $109 million, which still ranks in the bottom half at 17th.

Understandably, Mets fans are concerned that their management won't be able to afford a new contract for Cespedes once he hits the open market this November. So they're doing what they can to help.

Mets fan Michael Cavallaro opened a GoFundMe campaign on Monday to help cover some of the expected cost. He explained further:

The arrival of star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets has coincided with a sudden burst of production and energy that this ball club/fan base has not seen in nearly a decade. As Cespedes is in the final year of his contract, the goal of this page is to raise the funds necessary to sign the slugger to a contract extension which otherwise seems unlikely given the state of the team's ownership

With a target goal of $120 million -- a rough estimate of how much Cespedes will garner in free agency -- the campaign surely has a lofty goal. It's raised a modest yet still impressive $275 in a little over a day. For clarity: No donor is charged unless the campaign's goal is completely met.

Though entertaining, this method isn't completely new to Mets fans. Before the trade deadline, another fan opened a similar campaign accompanied by a video plea to help raise money for a deadline acquisition. It raised $12,000 before it was closed.

The team wound up acquiring difference-making talent at the deadline, but one whose benefits may only last for two months. If the fans pony up some serious cash, though, maybe not.

More from AOL.com:
Mets manager Terry Collins sends touching note to widowed fan
Yoenis Cespedes trade flies in the face of Mets' narrative
Caught Looking, 7/30: Sometimes, there is crying in baseball

Read Full Story

From Our Partners