How the Universal DH Impacts New York Mets

Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The best move is to implement both Cano and Yoenis Cespedes at DH.

Yoenis Cespedes is another guy who’s effortlessly played great defense in the past. He can probably still scrap defensively today, but the reason that’s a probably, and not a definite, is because he didn’t play at all in 2019.

Like Cano, Cespedes has had a tough time with injuries. He was limited to 81 games in 2017, 38 in 2018, and obviously none last year. Having him split some time as a DH would again help preserve his health.

If the Mets could have him play 30 games in the field and 30 games as a DH, with Cano going back in the field when Cespedes takes over as DH, that’s a good situation for both the players’ health and the team’s success.

Even in 2017 and 2018 where Cespedes missed so many games, he produced in the box when healthy. He hit 26 home runs in the 119 games he played in and batted in 71 runs despite nobody ever being on for him.

In his case, he might have no choice but to start as a designated hitter due to the fact he is still not 100 percent healthy, but he’s been impressing the club recently with how far he’s come.

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If this plan works out between Cano and Cespedes, the Mets will be in a great position offensively. It projects to work out to some extent, with some understandable downside due to Cano’s age and Cespedes’s lengthy break from baseball. These are two players with great past resumes, and they hope to add to them with a long-anticipated 2020 season.