Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

38-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Signed a restructured one-year, $6 million contract with the Mets in December of 2019.
Leaves WBC for personal reasons
OFFree Agent  
March 14, 2023
Cespedes has left Team Cuba in the World Baseball Classic for personal reasons, the Associated Press reports.
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The former MLB slugger did not play in the last two games of the first round of the tournament, and went hitless in the two games he did play in. The 37-year-old could rejoin the team for the quarterfinal in Miami, but few specifics have been released as to why he's left the club or when he'll rejoin.
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Cespedes' 2020 campaign came to a bizarre close when he did not report for the Mets' Aug. 2 contest without first informing the team of his decision to opt out of the season. In the short time he was on the field, Cespedes showed the ability to make hard contact. He posted a .226 ISO, 12.5% barrel rate and 43.8% hard-hit rate across 24 plate appearances -- each of which fell in line with his career norm. On the other hand, his strikeout rate shot up to 44% as compared to a 21.3% career rate and a 31.8% clip in 2018. Cespedes is a free agent after a messy parting of ways with the Mets. He would benefit from the continued presence of the designated hitter in the National League, though it's unclear how many teams will be in strong pursuit of his services. His path to regular at-bats will likely be quite narrow.
In the fall of 2018, Cespedes underwent a pair of heel surgeries with the expectation of returning to the Mets after the All-Star break. Just as he was beginning to start light running, Cespedes fell at his ranch, fracturing his right ankle in multiple places and requiring season-ending surgery. Cespedes has played in just 109 games the past three seasons. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Mets, but his prognosis is unclear. It's a good sign he was able to take batting practice in November, but it's not a guarantee he'll play in 2020, let alone be ready for the spring. The best approach is to monitor reports and if it appears Cespedes will be back, take nothing more than a reserve flier in leagues allowing FAAB or waiver pickups. He's too much of a risk in draft and hold, no matter how enticing.
Cespedes changed up his routine last offseason in hopes of avoiding the types of lower-body issues that had limited him in previous years, adding resistance and agility training while cutting back on the weightlifting. It was a good idea in theory, but it didn't work out. Cespedes was on the disabled list with a hip injury by mid-May. He didn't make it back until after the All-Star break, and ultimately Cespedes played in just one game upon activation before he was back on the shelf for good. It was determined that Cespedes was dealing with calcification in both of his heels, and two separate surgeries were required to treat the issue -- the first in August and the second in October. During his brief time on the field, he continued to blister the ball, although he also struck out at an elevated 31.8% clip (21% for career). The Mets are hoping Cespedes can return at some point in the second half.
The injuries to the Mets' pitching staff were most responsible for the team's plight in 2017, but Cespedes' absence from the heart of the order for half the season due to a recurring upper-leg injury certainly didn't go unnoticed. With an .892 OPS over 321 plate appearances, Cespedes looked like his usual self when he was able to take the field, but now entering his age-32 campaign and coming off back-to-back seasons that were interrupted by lower-body issues, it has become increasingly difficult to justify spending an early-round draft pick on the outfielder. Since Cespedes doesn't offer much help in steals, his value is more power-dependent than others at his position likely to come off the board around the same range, putting an even greater onus on him to stay healthy. While Cespedes' upside is clear -- look no further than his 2015 campaign for the four-category excellence he's capable of offering -- the age- and injury-related risk he carries needs to be taken into account.
The Cuban slugger is coming off a pair of outstanding seasons, though 2016 was hampered by a lingering groin injury which eventually required a short visit to the DL in early August. That didn't stop Cespedes from topping the 30-homer mark for the second straight season. He also exhibited more patience, walking nine percent of the time, a new career high. Cespedes' game still revolves around swinging as hard as he can in case he happens to make contact, something he's done at a steady 77-79 percent clip the last three years -- not great but acceptable in today's higher strikeout climate. The only thing keeping Cespedes from elite status is a lack of steals as players that can chip in 10 or so along with pop are more highly sought after. Still, Cespedes is easily a top-40 player so be ready to pony up on draft day.
Core Strength! Cespedes cooked up his numbers to another level in 2015 with an elite fantasy season, finishing ninth overall in offensive value and as the sixth best outfielder. He’s never going to be a patient hitter, but as long as he makes league-average contact and continues to crush the ball, fantasy owners won’t care. He had a career-best .323 BABIP because he also was among the league leaders in hard contact, so a decline in that area could bring his average back down to the league average instead of well above it. He picked the perfect time to have a career year, but ultimately settled for about half of what he was looking for initially in free agency, returning to the Mets on a three-year deal. His contract includes an opt-out after one year, though, so Cespedes should be highly motivated to try to repeat his 2015 campaign. Invest in full.
Cespedes split the 2014 season between Oakland and Boston, playing his final 51 games for the Red Sox. His final numbers indicate what was expected of him -- a middle of the order bat who doesn’t get on base at a great clip. He stayed healthy and had his first 100-RBI season and played 152 games. Defensively, he struggled in Boston while attempting to adjust to playing in front of the Green Monster. With only one year remaining on his contract, Cespedes was traded to the Tigers in December for Rick Porcello. He'll take over as the starting left fielder in Detroit, with the potential to sustain his improved RBI count in the heart of a strong Tigers lineup.
Cespedes continues to be a mix of amazing and frustrating at the same time. He can make plays on both offense and defense that convince scouts and fans than he is on the verge of superstar status, but he hasn't been able to put it all together to this point. Cespedes hit 26 home runs in just 135 games, but his stolen bases dropped into the single digits. Cespedes carried a .240 batting average on the year and put up an average over .240 in only one month of the season, when he closed out the year by hitting .314 in September. Cespedes clearly has a ton of power and natural talent, but he needs to avoid minor injuries -- he has missed over 25 games in each of his first two seasons -- to even approach the lofty expectations set for him. He also needs to learn how to hit while behind in the count, as he was utterly miserable with two strikes on him, slashing .130/.175/.216 in at-bats that reached a two-strike count.
Cespedes was everything the A's hoped for and more after they signed the Cuban defector to a four-year, $36 million deal. Most reports out of spring training indicated he would likely need some seasoning in the minors, but he was in the starting lineup for the A's on Opening Night. He showed a diverse skill set including power and speed (23 homers and 16 steals) as well as showing off an absolute cannon in the outfield. He did have a number of nagging injuries during the year that kept him out of the lineup for approximately 30 games. Cespedes is locked into a middle of the order lineup spot for the A's and with a year under his belt, the sky is the limit for Cespedes as a player entering his second MLB season.
Cespedes defected from Cuba last summer and tied the single-season home run record in the Serie Nacional (Cuba's top league) with 33 in 90 games in 2010-11. He played on Cuba's 2009 World Baseball Classic team. He may be the most high-profile hitter to come out of Cuba in the past few years and is being marketed as a center fielder with power. At age 26 (according to him), he's also younger than most players coming from Cuba or Japan. After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with Oakland in February, Cespedes could be a starter in the outfield for the A's from Day 1.
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Schedules showcase for next week
OFFree Agent  
February 22, 2021
Cespedes intends to play in 2021 and plans to hold a showcase for major-league clubs in Florida on March 2, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Moves to restricted list
OFNew York Mets  
Opt Out
August 4, 2020
The Mets placed Cespedes on the restricted list Sunday after he informed the team he was opting out of the 2020 season.
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Opts out of 2020 season
OFNew York Mets  
Opt Out
August 2, 2020
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Sunday that Cespedes is opting out of the 2020 season for concerns related to COVID-19, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Not at ballpark Sunday
OFNew York Mets  
Undisclosed
August 2, 2020
Cespedes didn't report to the ballpark for Sunday's game against the Braves and the team has been unable to contact him, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Day off Sunday
OFNew York Mets  
August 2, 2020
Cespedes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
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