After opting out of his contract last month, it seemed likely star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes would move on from his brief tenure with the New York Mets. FOX's Ken Rosenthal first reported the shocking news on Tuesday that Cespedes had agreed to a monumental contract to return to the Mets for another four years, reuniting the Cuban slugger with the city that has embraced him over the last few years.

The deal

The basic parameters of the deal spell out a four-year, $110 million contract, with the top average annual value ever given to a free agent. He will make more money as the deal goes on -- he'll collect $22.5 million in 2017, and at least $29 million from 2018 to 2020.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause, allowing Cespedes to block potential trades from the New York Mets to other teams in the MLB.

This deal follows one Cespedes signed to return to the Mets just last season, which was for three years and $75 million. That deal included an opt-out clause that allowed Cespedes to get out of his contract after earning $26.5 million in the first season of the deal. There's no indication that his new deal holds a similar clause, which means Cespedes isn't likely to go anywhere in the next four years with a no-trade clause in his pocket.

Player profile and analysis

The New York Mets are the fourth team Cespedes has played for in his career, after the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers, whom the Mets acquired Cespedes from in 2015.

Since defecting from Cuba, Cespedes has hit 137 home runs in the major leagues, winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award and making two All-Star teams, including one last year.

For the Mets, the re-signing of Cespedes will be their most important move of the off-season. The team succumbed to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card Game last season, but a return trip to the playoffs would've been more challenging without their offensive leader.

Now, with Cespedes and Neil Walker returning (and a potential return to health for the pitching staff), the Mets are well-positioned to make a run at the NL East title in 2017.

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