'Boomer And Gio': Do The Mets Even Want Yoenis Cespedes To Play Again?

Boomer and Gio
November 20, 2019 - 8:50 am

Yoenis Cespedes has been seen taking batting practice.

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Cespedes hasn’t played for the Mets since July of 2018. Since then, the outfielder has been unavailable due to a variety of injuries. Most recently, he broke one of his ankles while he was recovering from surgery that had been undertaken on both of his heels. That misfortune ruled him out for the entirety of 2019.

On Tuesday, Mets Minor league instructor Endy Chavez posted, and then deleted, a video of Cespedes swinging a bat. The odd deletion made Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti wonder if the Mets even still want Cespedes to play for them.

“I think he wants to play because it’s a contract year,” Esiason said on WFAN. “Now, all of a sudden he wants to show up and he wants to show everybody that he’s ready to go. You have to wonder, do the Mets want him back? Do they want to pay him? This could end up being an ugly situation. I hope that’s not the case … but you just never know with the Mets.”

2020 will be the final year of the Cespedes’ $110 million, four-year deal. The 34-year-old will be wanting to play in order to possibly earn one last deal at the end of his career in Major League Baseball.

In the two months of the season he played in 2018, Cespedes hit .262 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs. When he's at his best, his bat is a dangerous one to have in a lineup.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes addresses the media in a press conference on July 25, 2018, announcing he will undergo season-ending surgery on his heels.

Giannotti thinks the uncertainty over Cespedes could result in a disagreement between the player and the team, especially if the Mets were involved in deleting the video that was initially posted by Chavez.

“The Mets company line is that they weren’t responsible for that,” said Giannotti. “I would think that they would have something to do with it, because why would it be taken down by Yoenis Cespedes and Endy Chavez? … We might have a fight with these two because Yoenis is desperately going to try to get on the field and get another contract … and the Mets are saying ‘okay this guy is hitting the ball, but can we put him out in left field for nine innings?’”

Esiason added that a healthy Cespedes would be a tremendous asset for the Mets to have, but Gio wasn’t buying that the oft-injured Cuban can be trusted to stay healthy through a lengthy season.

“Yeah but do you really believe that after all these surgeries, after all this stuff that he has gone through that he can play, let’s just say, 140 games out in left field?”

Click on the audio above to listen to this full segment from Wednesday's morning show with Boomer and Gio.