The Yankees were one of 11 teams scouting 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, saw Cespedes take fly balls in both left field and center field, and then take batting practice for about 20 minutes.
Cespedes, now 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 his role (he was mostly set to be a DH) and lack of ability to reach incentive clauses in the final year of his massive four-year, $110 million deal with the Mets.
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 the opt-out.
Regardless, according to the post, the Blue Jays, Brewers, Marlins, Rays, Tigers, Reds, Cubs, White Sox, Padres and Braves were also in attendance for the showcase of an outfielder who hit .280 with 31 home runs in his last full season of 2016.
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