The New York Mets slugger has missed most of the last two seasons due to various injuries. This season, however, Yoenis Cespedes vows to make up for the lost time.
Yoenis Cespedes has declared that he is fully healthy and ready to return to the New York Mets for the 2020 season. Speaking on MLB Network Radio, Eduardo Perez stated he talked to Cespedes and that he is “hungry.” Perez, who spoke with Cespedes, said he is going to go out with “a bang” and expecting to play in at least 140 games this season. He went as far as to say he wants to hit 52 home runs this season, signifying his uniform number. Pete Alonso currently holds the club record with 53 home runs after his stellar rookie season.
Cespedes came over in the middle of the 2015 season and sparked a wild run to the World Series. After signing a four-year deal with the team in 2017, he has only played in 119 games. As a team, the Mets hit 242 homers, if Cespedes can produce half as well as he did in 2015 they could top that total.
Despite missing significant time, teams have reportedly called the Mets to find out if Cespedes is available. The team has a surplus of outfielders, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see one of two on the move this offseason. According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, nothing is imminent, however.
The Mets have no reason to rush to trade. Currently, on the roster, the team has Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis, recently signed Jake Marisnick, Dominic Smith, who dealt with his injury last season, and Cespedes. Cespedes recently restructured his contract, which also makes him an attractive trading piece, but the team might wait to see how he performs. Having a slugger like Cespedes follow Pete Alonso in the batting order could elevate the Mets standing in a very talented NL East.
Hearing Cespedes talk like this has to put new manager Carlos Beltran at ease. It will be quite a sight for New York Mets fans to see the two big hitters talking about opposing pitchers.