(RADIO.COM Sports/WFAN) The Cubs, White Sox and Yankees were among the 11 teams scouting slugger Yoenis Cespedes’ showcase workout in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Tuesday, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
The workout, which lasted just under an hour, featured Cespedes taking fly balls in both left field and center field and then batting practice for about 20 minutes.
Cespedes, 35, opted out of 2020 after hitting .131 with two home runs in 31 at-bats. He cited COVID-19 concerns as the reason, but multiple reports pegged Cespedes as unhappy with both his role with the Mets -- he was set to mostly be the team's designated hitter -- and his lack of opportunity to reach incentive clauses in the final year of his massive four-year, $110-million deal.
That deal was eventually amended due to injury issues, but the contract was definitely an albatross for the Mets, who got just 127 games and 512 plate appearances – barely one full season’s worth of activity – out of Cespedes from 2017-'20 due to injuries and his opt-out.
The Blue Jays, Brewers, Marlins, Rays, Tigers, Reds, Padres and Braves were also in attendance for the showcase, the Post reported. Cespedes hit .280 with 31 home runs in his last full season of 2016.
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