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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder | #52

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman writes that Yoenis Cespedes "plans to exercise his opt-out clause shortly after the World Series."
No surprise on that front, as Cespedes should be able to do better on the free agent market than the two years and $47.5 million remaining on his current contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN had reported as much shortly after the end of the regular season. Rubin colleague Buster Olney relayed last week that the Mets do not feel a sense of urgency when it comes to re-signing the 31-year-old outfielder. It isn't yet known what teams plan on gunning for Cespedes this offseason. Oct 26 - 9:32 PM

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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "no urgency" for the Mets to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes is fully expected to opt out of his three-year contract this offseason. While the Mets are certainly open to keeping Cespedes (particularly if he's willing to accept another front-loaded deal), the team has plenty of outfield depth with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all under contract for 2017. Cespedes led the Mets in home runs (31), RBI (86) and runs scored (72) this past season.
Oct 22 - 6:14 PM

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets "fully expect" Yoenis Cespedes to opt out of his contract and test the free agent market.

Cespedes has two years and around $47.5 million remaining on the deal he signed last offseason -- a deal that contains an opt-out clause he can exercise five days after the World Series. Cespedes will probably double that dollar figure this winter in one of the weakest free agent classes in recent memory. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants, but the Mets only collected four hits as a team against Madison Bumgarner. Cespedes, 30, batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 132 games during the regular season. He finished with a career-high .884 OPS.
Oct 6 - 9:35 AM

Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.

Cespedes has been a superhero at times for the Mets, but he met his kryptonite in the form of Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. As a team, the Metropolitans managed just four hits against Mad-Bum. Cespedes now faces the decision of whether to opt out of his three-year, $75 million free agent contract with the Mets. Over 479 regular season at-bats, the 30-year-old outfielder hit .280/.354/.530 with 31 homers and 86 RBI.
Oct 5 - 11:55 PM

Yoenis Cespedes is absent from the Mets' lineup Sunday.

The Mets are playing a lot of their regulars even after clinching a Wild Card spot Saturday, but Jose Reyes will also sit out Sunday in addition to Cespedes. Michael Conforto is in left field and Eric Campbell is at third base.

Yoenis Cespedes was ejected from Saturday's game against the Phillies for arguing balls and strikes.

He lost his temper after taking a called third strike in the ninth inning. The Mets clinched a Wild Card spot on Saturday so maybe Cespedes just wanted a head start on the celebration. He went 0-for-5 before exiting.
Oct 1 - 4:16 PM

Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run and scored two runs in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Cespedes hit the two-run bomb off Marlins starter Tom Koehler in the third inning. The blast was his 31st homer of the year and his first since September 11. Cespedes has 85 RBI and 70 runs scored to go with a .283/.357/.541 line in 129 games.
Sep 27 - 10:54 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (illness) is in the Mets' starting lineup Monday versus the Braves.

Cespedes made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Twins after experiencing dizziness and nausea. He's apparently feeling much better one day later and will bat third against Braves righty Aaron Blair.
Sep 19 - 3:19 PM

Yoenis Cespedes departed Sunday's game against the Twins due to dizziness and nausea.

It's unclear what might have promoted it. The Mets should have more on Cespedes after Sunday's contest.
Sep 18 - 4:03 PM

Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI in Sunday's 10-3 win over the Braves.

Cespedes had just one hit on the afternoon, but boy howdy, it was a big one. His third-inning grand slam off Williams Perez boosted the Mets to a 5-0 lead. At that point, the outfielder had actually accounted for all five runs scored -- he managed an RBI ground out in the first inning, too. With that bit of fun in the books, Cespedes is now slashing .293/.363/.568 with 30 homers and 78 RBI over 410 at-bats. This is his first career 30-homer season in which all of the dingers have come with one team. He did launch 35 of them between the Mets and Tigers in 2015.
Sep 11 - 6:21 PM

Yoenis Cespedes belted his 29th home run of the season as the Mets fell to the Braves in extra innings on Saturday.

Cespedes pulverized a solo homer off of Jon Gant in the fifth inning, increasing the Mets lead to 3-2. He has been an extremely capable run producer when in the Mets lineup this season, slashing .293/.362/.564 with 29 homers and 73 RBI.
Sep 11 - 12:39 AM

Yoenis Cespedes came up big for the Mets on Tuesday, ripping a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of a victory over the Reds.

After Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single, Michael Lorenzen groove a pitch and Cespedes didn't miss it, launching one just over the wall in dead center field. The slugger has battled a quad ailment in the second half but has cracked six home runs in 15 games since returning from the disabled list.
Sep 7 - 12:22 AM

Yoenis Cespedes is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

Cespedes got a day to rest his quad with the quick turnaround for Monday's game, but he's right back in there on Tuesday. Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, and Curtis Granderson are also back in the lineup.

Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Monday against the Reds.

Cespedes has been nursing a quad issue for the last couple of weeks, so he'll take a day of rest Monday versus the visiting Reds. Asdrubal Cabrera is also sitting.
Sep 5 - 11:08 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 0-for-4 in his return to action Friday against the Nationals.

Cespedes was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Thursday due to his lingering quad issue, but he was right back in there on Friday. The Mets can ill afford to sit him given their position in the Wild Card race, but it looks like something they will have to manage for the final month of the season.
Sep 2 - 11:20 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Wilmer Flores
2Kelly Johnson
3Ty Kelly
4Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
3B1Jose Reyes
2T.J. Rivera
3Eric Campbell
4David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Alejandro De Aza
3Justin Ruggiano
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Michael Conforto
3Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Jon Niese
6Seth Lugo
7Robert Gsellman
8Rafael Montero
9Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Fernando Salas
5Jerry Blevins
6Hansel Robles
7Josh Edgin
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Gabriel Ynoa
11Josh Smoker
12Erik Goeddel
13Jenrry Mejia