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Monday, July 13, 2020

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Teams reportedly inquiring about Yoenis Cespedes trade after contract restructure

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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

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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.

10 best Home Run Derby participants ever

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Believe it or not, the Home Run Derby wasn’t always a big deal. In 1990, for instance, a group of eight of the era’s finest sluggers hit just five total home runs at Wrigley Field in a non-televised competition. That all changed in the 1990s, thanks to ESPN and a new era of stars that unwittingly made the Derby one of the biggest events on the baseball calendar.

There have been dozens of contestants over the years, but a handful rise to the top as the most accomplished and memorable of the derby era. Here are the ten best we’ve seen since the event was first staged in 1985.

10. Bobby Abreu

In 2005, Comerica Park in Detroit had a steadfast reputation as a true pitcher’s park, and there were concerns that the Home Run Derby there would be a non-event. Abreu, then with the Philadelphia Phillies, ensured that those fears would prove unfounded. Abreu hit 24 home runs in the first round which, even after the recent format changes and shift from outs to timed rounds, still ties him for the second-best round of all time. He went on to win the competition, largely on the strength of that round.

9. Yoenis Cespedes

A two-time winner, Cespedes hit big, towering shots with his intense swings. He had a 17-homer round in 2013, but ultimately won his back-to-back titles with a methodical approach as opposed to absolutely monstrous rounds that wowed fans and opponents alike. There’s something to be said for that more balanced approach, and while there have been three multiple-time winners, Cespedes is one of only two contestants to win in consecutive years.


Yoenis Cespedes fractures ankles in ranch accident

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A bad season continues to get worse for the New York Mets.

The team announced Monday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes fractured his ankles in an accident on his ranch, likely ending his season.

Cespedes was already out after surgery on both his heels last July, and it was entirely possible that he wouldn’t have played in 2019 anyway. The double ankle fracture should more or less obliterate any chances of a return.

The Mets currently sit at 20-25, and a season with high expectations from within the organization quickly looks to be going south. This is only going to make the situation look more hopeless.

Mets will not rule out Yoenis Cespedes missing all of 2019

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The New York Mets still owe Yoenis Cespedes roughly $60 million over the next two seasons, but they are facing the harsh reality that the outfielder may not play at all in 2019.

Cespedes is recovering from surgery he had on both of his heels back in July, and Mets executive Omar Minaya said during a radio interview on Wednesday that it would basically be a bonus if Cespedes can give the team anything next season.

That’s a tough spot to be in, and it may result in the Mets looking into signing or trading for an outfield bat this winter.

Cespedes hit .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 2016, and the Mets rewarded him with a four-year, $110 million contract. To say that the signing has not worked out would be an understatement, as Cespedes has appeared in just 119 games over the past two seasons and appears like he’s going to miss the majority of 2019, at the very least. The Mets hinted previously that they have some protection against injury in Cespedes’ contract, but that does not make the situation any less disappointing.

Mets not expecting Yoenis Cespedes back until second half of season

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The New York Mets are making aggressive moves this offseason, but one of their key players may not feature for quite some time in 2019.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon admitted Wednesday that the team’s expectation is that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won’t return to action again until the second half of the season at the earliest, and it may take even longer than that.

Cespedes featured in only 38 games for the Mets last season. He had surgery on both heels in July, and progress appears to be slow. It’s a major factor to consider, even as they’re acquiring players like Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Yoenis Cespedes to undergo season-ending surgery

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Yoenis Cespedes returned to the New York Mets’ lineup last Friday after missing over two months of action, and things were looking up when he belted a home run and had two hits. As it turns out, those will be the outfielder’s last hits of the 2018 season.

The Mets announced on Thursday that Cespedes will undergo surgeries on both of his heels, ending his season. Assistant general manager John Ricco said the exact timetable for recovery is unknown.

The Mets are already facing questions about how they could have been unaware of Cespedes having such extensive health issues when they signed him to a four-year, $110 million contract, but Ricco said the team has an insurance policy on the deal. Cespedes also spoke with the media about his nagging injuries.

Cespedes has appeared in a total of 119 games over the past two seasons, and the Mets still owe him around $60 million. It would not be a surprise if they replace him this offseason, especially since they have an insurance policy on his massive contract.