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Mets interested in Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie trades

Yoenis Cespedes Mets

The New York Mets are getting set for the start of spring training next month, and Yoenis Cespedes is figuring into their plans for the first time in a while. But that may not last long.

SNY’s Andy Martino said on Tuesday that the Mets would be happy to trade both Cespedes and Jed Lowrie before spring training begins. That’s not so easy to do though.

Cespedes missed all of 2019, hasn’t played a full season since 2015, and is coming off multiple foot/ankle injuries and surgeries. Though he agreed to a salary adjustment for 2020, taking him on would still present a risk for teams (he’ll earn $11 million just by making the Opening Day roster).

Lowrie turns 36 in April and only played in nine games last season due to injuries. He is set to earn $10 million in 2020 thanks to the contract he signed last year. The Mets’ infield is already crowded, so Lowrie is more or less superfluous. The Oakland A’s may have interest in acquiring him yet again.

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