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Cespedes says staying with Mets always was his preference

Yoenis Cespdes says he chose happiness over more dollars.

Of course, the lower offer was a $75 million, three-year contract that kept him with the New York Mets.

"It's not always about the amount of money being offered," he said through a translator Wednesday in his first public comments about his Jan. 22 decision. "It's about wanting to be in a place you want to play in, that you're happy in. And as you can see, this is just what happened in that case."

Still, the slugging outfielder has the right to terminate his contract after one season and $27.5 million, then become a free agent once again.

Acquired from Detroit on July 31, Cespedes had...

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