New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has arrived at spring training and in his first media session, he had strong words for the media.
Yoenis Cespedes, the often injured outfielder for the New York Mets, is healthy for the first time since early in the 2018 season. While Cespedes has high hopes for the 2020 season, we will not hear about it from him. In his first media session on Monday, the outfielder stated to reporters:
"“not today, not tomorrow, not at all this year.”"
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Cespedes was very durable in his first five season as he played in over 130 games in each season, but that is when the injuries started. Yoenis missed the entire 2019 season after a weird wild boar incident, where he suffered multiple fractures to his ankle. He lost the majority of the 2018 season to a hip flexor strain and bone spurs in both heels.
According to Baseball-Reference, Cespedes 162 game averages are .274/.328/.498, with 32 HRs and 103 RBIs. In a normal season that would garner some MVP consideration.
Without a doubt, the Mets would love to see this kind of production from a player who is in the last year of a four year contract. Cespedes has done the Mets a favor by restructuring his contract and taking less money, but at some point, you would rather have the production.
If Yoenis Cespedes can stay healthy he has proven to be an asset offensively and defensively at every stop. The outfielder has been in playoff chases with Oakland, Boston, and Detroit, so he will be able to help a young team if they make a run.
The New York Mets have high hopes and I guess in choosing not to speak to the media, Yoenis Cespedes is going to let his play do the talking this year.