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Monday, July 13, 2020

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Teams reportedly inquiring about Yoenis Cespedes trade after contract restructure

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes reached an agreement with the New York Mets this week to significantly lower his salary for 2020, and that could result in the team being able to trade the veteran outfielder.

Cespedes has reportedly taken a pay cut of roughly $20 million to lower his 2020 salary to around $10 million from $29.5 million. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the contract restructure has led to teams reaching out to the Mets about possible trades involving Cespedes.

Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million extension with the Mets prior to the 2017 season, and he has played in only 119 games over the past two seasons because of numerous injuries. He hit .262 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 38 games in 2018. The 34-year-old is a quality power hitter when healthy, so teams are likely kicking the tires to see if they can get him at a reasonable price.

MLB players taking pay cuts is almost unheard of due to contracts being fully guaranteed, but Cespedes agreed to take less money because the Mets are said to have a credible grievance over the way he injured his ankles last May.

Mets, Yoenis Cespedes agree to 2020 salary adjustment

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes won’t be making as much as he originally expected to in 2020 after he renegotiated his salary with the New York Mets.

According to various reports, Cespedes and the Mets have renegotiated his deal to reduce his salary from the $29.5 million he was originally owed.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, the renegotiation stems from the Mets having a credible grievance after Cespedes fractured his ankles in an accident on his ranch last May.

2020 is the final year of the four-year contract Cespedes signed with the Mets. While he’s put up his usual power numbers, he’s played in only 119 games over the previous two seasons due to various injuries. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready for Opening Day as he continues to recover from the ankle injuries.

Jake Marisnick traded to Mets from Astros

Jake Marisnick

Jake Marisnick has been mentioned as a potential trade piece for the Houston Astros since the start of the offseason, and the New York Mets feel the veteran outfielder can help their team.

Marisnick has been traded from the Astros to the Mets in exchange for prospects, according to multiple reports. As Tim Britton of The Athletic notes, New York likely views Marisnick as a complimentary player with upside.

It also may help that Marisnick has ties to new Mets manager Carlos Beltran. The two were teammates with the Astros, and Marisnick said he considered him a mentor during their time in Houston together.

Marisnick, 28, is a career .227 hitter. He appeared in 120 games for the Astros last season and hit .233 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI and a .289 OBP. He made headlines back in July after he was suspended two games for slamming into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate.

Mets’ days under Wilpon ownership could be numbered after investment announcement

New York Mets

While the long-term implications are not clear, Wednesday may prove to be a significant day in the modern history of the New York Mets.

The team announced that Steve Cohen, an investor in the Mets, is increasing his share of ownership. As part of that announcement, the team said that CEO Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon would both remain in their current roles for five more years.

The key is what happens when those five years are up. If that’s the end of the Wilpons’ control of the organization, it’s a radical change to the franchise. There’s a distinct lack of clarity about that right now, but the fact that the Mets went out of their way to put a timetable on both of their tenures in the statement suggests that Cohen probably has a long-term view toward reducing or ending their organizational involvement.

Why does this matter? The Wilpons are among the most criticized owners in sports due to their limited payrolls, lack of success, and questionable decision-making. Many fans would love to see them sell the team, so this could certainly be a watershed moment.

Chili Davis looking for multi-year contract from Mets

New York Mets

The New York Mets are still weighing whether or not to bring back hitting coach Chili Davis for the 2020 season, and it sounds like they could be unwilling to give the three-time World Series champion the type of contract he is seeking.

Davis and the Mets have been discussing a new contract, and Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Davis is looking for a multi-year deal.

The Mets hired Davis prior to last season, and the results were pretty good in his first year with the club. New York ranked 11th in Major League Baseball with a .257 team batting average and 13th in runs scored. It’s possible the Mets aren’t completely sold on Davis and would prefer to give him another one-year deal, and that could have something to do with the way his time with the Chicago Cubs came to an end.

After spending three seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2015-2017, Davis was hired by the Cubs. He lasted just one year in Chicago after players reportedly gave negative feedback about him.

Brodie Van Wagenen explains why Mets passed on hiring Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi

The New York Mets surprised some people by passing on an experienced candidate for manager in Joe Girardi and hiring a rookie manager in Carlos Beltran.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke a bit on the subject Monday at a news conference introducing Beltran as the team’s new manager. Van Wagenen suggested that Girardi was less open to a collaborative process and that he wasn’t a huge fan of the environment that Girardi might bring.

Girardi is a World Series winner who navigated the gauntlet at Yankee manager for nearly a decade. It was suggested after his departure, however, that he had issues communicating with his players. The comment about collaboration is also telling, as Girardi is experienced enough to have his own opinions about how to manage and operate a clubhouse. Those apparently didn’t go with what the Mets were looking for.

Carlos Beltran to be named Mets manager

Carlos Beltran is getting the job he sought.

New York Mets will hire Beltran as the team’s next manager, replacing the fired Mickey Callaway, as first reported by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Beltran has no coaching experience, having only spent a year as a special assistant with the New York Yankees. He did interview for the Yankees’ open managerial position in 2017, which ultimately went to another inexperienced candidate in Aaron Boone.

The Mets, who are desperately in need of some good press, will bring back a player who was key to their success in the mid-2000s. In seven years as a Met, Beltran hit .280 with 149 home runs, and was a five-time All-Star. By all accounts, he really wanted this job, and now he has it.