Yoenis Cespedes Intends To Play In 2021
After opting out of the 2020 season, Yoenis Cespedes is planning to play this 12 months, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal stories (Twitter hyperlink). The previous Mets outfielder will maintain a showcase for Main League scouts on March 2.
Cespedes performed in eight video games in 2020, which marked his first massive league motion for the reason that 2018 season. Cespedes’ remaining 12 months in New York performed out in completely uncommon vogue, starting with the December 2019 information that his contract had been amended attributable to a Mets grievance in relation to his ankle harm earlier that 12 months. This lowered Cespedes’ 2020 wage to the prorated portion of $11MM, although Cespedes then forfeited virtually all of that cash attributable to his resolution to decide out as a non high-risk particular person. Even his opt-out got here in controversial vogue, because the Mets first introduced that Cespedes hadn’t arrived on the ballpark previous to an August 2 sport, which sparked concern about Cespedes’ whereabouts and well-being earlier than his agent confirmed his shopper’s resolution.
It stays to be seen what kind of free curiosity the 35-year-old Cespedes will generate after virtually two full seasons away from baseball and a protracted harm historical past that features a number of surgical procedures on his ankles and heels. 2016 was Cespedes’ final 12 months as a real common, as he appeared in 132 video games for the Mets earlier than enjoying in simply 119 video games whole over the 2017-18 seasons.
When Cespedes has been capable of play, it ought to be famous that he nonetheless swung a strong bat — a .282/.343/.525 slash line and 26 homers over 478 plate appearances in 2017-18. New York used him solely as a DH final season attributable to his leg accidents, nonetheless, and it isn’t identified if Cespedes can be once more restricted to DH obligation (and thus to solely American League groups) going ahead. Cespedes did bat simply .161/.235/.387 in 2020, although over the small pattern dimension of 34 PA.