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52 Yoenis Cespedes LF

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April 12, 2020 01:20 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Could benefit from universal DH
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) would be the most likely candidate on the Mets to handle designated hitter duties if the DH is implemented universally during a season played entirely at spring training sites, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports.

The club does have other options for the DH spot, such as Matt Adams and Dominic Smith, in a realigned Grapefruit League that would include both NL and AL franchises. The Mets would be in a division with the Astros, Cardinals, Marlins and Nationals in the most recently proposed plan, necessitating a universal DH. Not requiring Cespedes to play defense as he continues his recovery from ankle and heel surgeries while keeping his bat in the lineup would be something of a best-case scenario for the Mets. The 34-year-old wasn't yet running the bases or taking part in fielding drills when MLB suspended play, and it's not clear how ready he will be to patrol the outfield once action resumes.

March 9, 2020 02:16 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Progressing but still limited
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) has been hitting in simulated games and running in a straight line at full speed, but has yet to make full-speed changes of direction, David Lennon of Newsday reports.

Cespedes' right ankle evidently remains tender after it was fractured in multiple places during an encounter with a wild boar last May. He's making steady progress, but with less than three weeks remaining until Opening Day, it may be tough for him to avoid a trip to the injured list. The Mets have yet to announce their plans for the outfielder. If he does indeed miss time, more at-bats would open up for J.D. Davis in left field to begin the season.

February 23, 2020 09:04 AM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Targeting mid-March spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) is hoping to play in spring games by the middle of March, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

Cespedes has been able to hit and run early this spring, but he has not been cleared for all activities, so he will continue working out on the side for the time being. If Cespedes is able to jump into game action when he expects, he will have a shot to be ready for Opening Day.

February 21, 2020 01:36 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Running work limited
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Luis Rojas said Friday that Cespedes (ankle) has been limited to straight-line running and hasn't been cleared for sprints, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The 34-year-old has apparently looked good while hitting and participating in fielding drills, but he's being brought along more slowly in running exercises. Cespedes appeared in only 38 games in 2018 and didn't see the field last season due to a pair of heel surgeries and a fractured ankle, so the cautious approach is to be expected, especially early in spring training.

February 17, 2020 02:00 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Looking good in drills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) looked good running and hitting Monday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

Cespedes also took part in fielding drills, though his overall participation was still limited. While it would obviously be better for him to be a full participant at the start of spring, any indications that his health is trending in the right direction are certainly a good thing for a player who's appeared in just 119 total games over the last three seasons. It remains to be seen just how big of a role the Mets can expect him to play this season.

January 22, 2020 03:16 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Making good progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) will be ready to hit at the start of spring training, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

Cespedes is also making progress running and tracking fly balls, though it's not yet clear if he's expected to be fully ready to go by the start of the regular season. The 34-year-old has played a total of just 119 games over the last three seasons combined. He missed the entirety of the 2019 campaign, first due to recovery from a pair of heel surgeries and then due to a wild-boar-related ankle fracture.

December 21, 2019 08:00 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Contract details revealed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) will make a base salary of $6 million as part of a restructured contract agreed to Dec. 13, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Cespedes' new contract is heavily reliant on incentives after the 34-year-old missed all of 2019 and most of 2018 with an ankle injury. The outfielder had heel surgeries in August and October of 2018 prior to suffering an ankle injury in a fall at his ranch in May. Cespedes has been limited over the last two seasons with the Mets, but he has managed to record a .282/.343/.525 slash line with 26 home runs and 71 RBI over 119 games between 2017 and 2018. His availability for the beginning of the 2020 season is in question, but his base salary will rise to $11 million if he isn't on the injured list to begin the season.

December 13, 2019 05:00 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Restructures contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) and the Mets agreed to a restructured contract Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Cespedes had been scheduled to make $29.5 million this season but will now make significantly less. The outfielder has appeared in just 119 games over the last three seasons combined. He's been hitting and running as he works his way back from multiple ankle fractures, injuries he suffered after taking a fall on his ranch back in May, though his availability for the start of the 2020 season remains in question. Due to the questionable nature of that injury, which occurred as Cespedes was recovering from heel surgery, the Mets were able to file a grievance and save reportedly over $10 million ahead of the 2020 season.

December 9, 2019 07:24 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Increasing activity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) has been hitting for several weeks and has also started running, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Cespedes is making measurable progress early in the offseason, which is a positive sign, though there's no guarantee that he'll be ready to play at any point during the 2020 campaign. He underwent ankle surgery at the end of May to address multiple fractures in an off-field accident.

November 19, 2019 01:20 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Takes batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) took batting practice Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

The Mets have previously expressed doubt that Cespedes would be recovered enough from ankle surgery to play at any point in 2020, so the fact that he's already taking batting practice in mid-November is undoubtedly a positive sign. The outfielder's health has been an unwanted adventure for the Mets in recent seasons, however, so it's far too early to be overly confident in his status for the 2020 campaign.

November 4, 2019 12:08 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Continuing rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (ankle) continues to rehab from his injuries, but it's uncertain whether he will be able to play in 2020, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Cespedes suffered multiple right ankle fractures in an off-field incident in May which required surgery and could hinder his playing time in 2020. It's encouraging that he's been rehabbing, but it's still too early to tell whether the 34-year-old will be healthy enough to take the field next season. Over 38 games in 2019, Cespedes hit .262/.325/.496 with nine home runs and 29 RBI.

May 23, 2019 06:12 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Undergoes season-ending surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle Thursday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.

He was in the process of lightly ramping up activity while rehabbing multiple heel surgeries when he suffered multiple right ankle fractures in an off-field incident this past weekend. Cespedes is due to make $29 million in 2020 before becoming a free agent in 2021. He only played in 38 games last year and was limited to 81 in 2017.

May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Suffers ankle fractures
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Cespedes (heel) suffered multiple right ankle fractures over the weekend, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

The accident apparently happened at Cespedes' ranch in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. According to Tim Healey of Newsday, the veteran outfielder is currently in New York being further evaluated, and the Mets don't know what this could mean for Cespedes in 2019 and beyond. Cespedes is already on the 60-day injured list rehabbing from heel surgeries he underwent in August and October.

May 18, 2019 08:48 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Starts light running
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (heels) began light running and took batting practice on the field Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

Cespedes has been throwing in the outfield and hitting in the batting cage for a few weeks, but this looks to be the start of his running program. The 33-year-old shouldn't be expected to return anytime soon, as general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answered "time will tell," when asked about Cespedes' prospects of playing in 2019.

May 6, 2019 12:48 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Mets transferred Cespedes (heels) to the 60-day injured list Monday.

The transaction has no bearing on Cespedes' recovery timetable, as the Mets had already ruled him out beyond the first 60 days of the season. A firm target date for Cespedes' 2019 debut probably won't come into focus until the 33-year-old gets cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. At this stage in his rehab, Cespedes has been able to throw in the outfield and hit in the batting cage, but he has yet to initiate a running program.

April 29, 2019 06:04 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Hitting in cage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (heel) has been hitting in the batting cage, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

Cespedes continues to slowly work his way back from heel surgeries he underwent in August and October, respectively. The veteran outfielder is also working through a throwing program, though he has yet to resume running, leaving him without a timetable for his return.

April 2, 2019 10:00 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Plays catch Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (heel) played catch in the outfield with the Mets prior to Monday's game, Christina De Nicola of reports.

He joined up with the team in Miami to be evaluated by the training staff. Cespedes has been playing catch for a couple of weeks and, if his testing went well, could be cleared to begin taking some light swings with a bat. The 33-year-old has no timetable for his return and is still a long way from being cleared to run, perhaps the most important step in his rehab, but the club still hopes he'll see game action sometime in 2019.

March 29, 2019 12:44 AM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Placed on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (heel) was officially placed on the 10-day IL, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.

This move was a long time coming. It is not even a lock that Cespedes returns this season, although he said back in February that he expected to be back.

March 11, 2019 11:24 AM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Initiating throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mickey Callaway said that Cespedes (heels) is scheduled to begin a throwing program Monday, Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports.

Cespedes is still recovering from surgeries on both of his heels, which he required in August and October. The Mets don't expect Cespedes to be ready to play until midseason, so his advancement to a throwing program shouldn't be taken as a sign that he's nearing a return to game action. With Cespedes likely set to open the season on the 60-day injured list and Jeff McNeil expected to fill in for Todd Frazier (oblique) at third base to begin the campaign, J.D. Davis and non-roster invitee Carlos Gomez could be the top candidates to draw most of the early starts in left field for the Mets. It's also possible the Mets may shift Brandon Nimmo over to left in order to open up more work in center for defensive standouts Juan Lagares and Keon Broxton.

February 16, 2019 04:44 PM
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Expects to return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cespedes (heel) believes he will return at some point this season, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

The Mets have been vague about the outfielder's timeline, and Cespedes hasn't been able to offer up anything more concrete either, stating that he doesn't know if he'll be back in one month or three months. He doesn't intend to return until he's 100 percent healthy after playing a total of just 119 games over the last two seasons. Cespedes will start throwing next week, Tim Healey of Newsday reports, though he doesn't know when he'll return to hitting.

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2015: AL Gold Glove-LF