Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 weeks ago

Cespedes hit his fourth home run of the spring, a solo shot, in Friday's split-squad game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

His numbers so far this spring are absurd and include a .500 batting average, a 1.091 SLG and zero strikeouts through 22 at-bats. The Mets are counting on Cespedes to anchor a lineup that will get them back to the postseason, and he seems intent on hitting the ground running come Opening Day.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 weeks ago

Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, his third blast of the spring, in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

He's been on fire at the plate so far this spring, hitting .526 (10-for-19) with a 1.579 OPS. Cespedes set career highs in walks and OPS in 2016, his first full season with the Mets, and with his contract situation no longer a distraction the 31-year-old slugger could take his production to another level in 2017.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 weeks ago

Cespedes (hip) will bat third in the order and play left field in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cespedes experienced tightness in his hip while advancing from first to third base in Sunday's game and had been held out of the lineup for the subsequent two days. It appears the time off was all Cespedes needed to heal up, as the fact that he's back in the field rather than serving as the team's DH indicates the Mets don't have much concern about his mobility. Though he's no longer a factor on the basepaths like he was as a rookie with the Athletics, Cespedes has hit 30-plus homers and batted at least .280 in the past two seasons, making him a high-floor selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
3 weeks ago

Cespedes left Sunday's Grapefruit League game with tightness in his hip and quad muscles, The New York Daily News reports. "I took Ces out. He thought his quad, hip was starting to tighten up a little bit, I am sure due to the wind," manager Terry Collins said. "We did baserunning stuff this morning, might have tightened up. So I got him out of there. Doctors looked at him and said he's just fine."

EDGE Analysis

This likely won't be an issue for Cespedes come Opening Day, but expect the Mets to hold him out Monday as a precaution given that he missed 14 games last season with quad issues.

Yoenis Cespedes
LF/CF NYM
2 months 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
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 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.