Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 weeks ago

Cespedes has been working hard in the offseason to strengthen his lower body and avoid a repeat of the quad injury that limited him in the second half of 2016, The NY Post reports. "I've really been concentrating on my legs so I can work from the ground up,'' Cespedes said earlier this week. "I am the only one who knew how much pain I was in [last season]. I was trying to mask it, trying to play through it and do as much as I could to help the team. After the games I was icing to try to be on the field as much as I could.''

EDGE Analysis

The Mets made a $110 million commitment to Cespedes this offseason, and the 31-year-old has responded in kind by reporting early to the team's spring training complex and fully participating in the regimen that strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis has laid out for him. Cespedes has posted back-to-back campaigns with more than 30 home runs and a batting average of .280 or better, and after bouncing through four organizations in his first four MLB seasons, he seems to have found a home in New York. A career year in 2017 could be in the offing now that his maturity level seems to have caught up to his physical tools.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 months ago

Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million deal with the Mets on Tuesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a luxury signing for the Mets, as they once again have something of a logjam in the outfield, but Cespedes should have no problem getting something close to everyday at-bats. Over the past two seasons he has settled in as a good bet for a batting average north of .275 with 30-plus home runs and the potential for over 100 runs and RBI if he stays healthy. That caveat is particularly relevant after last season, as a quadriceps issue limited him to 132 games and severely impacted his ability to run and play the field when he was in the lineup in the second half. The Mets will likely give him a handful of strategic off days in 2017, given their depth and the concerns about aggravating his quad, but he still makes for a low-end OF1 in most formats.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 months ago

Cespedes rejected the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million dollar qualifying offer Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This news comes as no surprise, as Cespedes is one of the premier right-handed bats to grace the free agent market this offseason. The 31-year-old outfielder will likely command a high price, although some of his suitors may be deterred by the draft pick that must be sacrificed in order to sign him.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
4 months ago

Cespedes received a qualifying offer from the Mets on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes already opted out of the last two years of his contract with New York, so there's little to no chance that he'll accept this offer either. The 31-year-old will likely command a high price on the free agent market, although the draft pick that needs to be sacrificed in order to add him certainly doesn't add to his value.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
4 months ago

As expected, Cespedes officially opted out of the final two years and $47.5 million remaining on his contract with the Mets on Saturday, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

In an injury-shortened 2016 campaign, Cespedes tallied 31 home runs and 86 RBI while hitting .280 across 132 games. The 31-year-old figures to garner a big pay day on the open market, as he will no doubt be one of the top outfield options available.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
4 months ago

Cespedes will likely opt out of the two years and $47.5 million remaining on his contract with the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes continued to produce in 2016 despite a Mets lineup that declined, notching 31 home runs and 86 RBI in an injury-shortened 132-game campaign. Assuming the opt-out occurs, he should garner a big payday on the open market as one of the top outfielder options available.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
5 months ago

Cespedes is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After punching their ticket to the playoffs with Saturday's win, the Mets will rest a few regulars in the season finale, as Cespedes hits the bench for the first time since Sept. 5. Cespedes didn't have a major role in the playoff-clinching win, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout, but he turned in a tremendous first full season with the Mets. Unless he gets a pinch-hitting opportunity Sunday, he'll finish the campaign with a .280/.354/.530 batting line to go with 31 homers, 86 RBI and 72 runs.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
5 months ago

Cespedes (illness) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes was forced from Sunday's game after experiencing dizziness, but he will be back in his usual starting spot in left field just one day later, and will hit third against Braves starter Aaron Blair.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
5 months ago

Updating a previous report, Cespedes left Sunday's game due to nausea and dizziness, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes had been dealing with quadriceps soreness, leading many to speculate that his leg was the reason for Sunday's early exit. That doesn't sound like it's the case, however, as an apparent illness seems to be the culprit. Consider Cespedes day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener against the Braves.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
5 months ago

Cespedes left Sunday's game in the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes dealt with quadriceps discomfort earlier in the week, but the team has yet to disclose whether or not this was the reason for Sunday's early exit. The outfielder was 1-for-2 with a double before getting replaced by Brandon Nimmo.