Yoenis Cespedes Arrives Early To Spring Training

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Yoenis Cespedes is a big question mark for the Mets this season. If healthy, his bat is one of the most lethal offensive forces in baseball, but Cespedes missed all of last season having played in just 38 games since 2017.

After a strange offseason for the Mets that includes the firing and hiring of two managers, uncertainty with ownership and learning Cespedes shattered his ankle last year due to an incident with a wild board, the outfielder strolled into spring training a week early.

Look who arrived in Port St. Lucie today -- @ynscspds pic.twitter.com/FnsNB1bsUu

— SNY (@SNYtv) February 5, 2020

Last May, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced the team’s high-priced outfielder suffered multiple right ankle fractures on his Port St. Lucie ranch. At the time, Cespedes was recovering from 2018 surgeries on both of his heels. The Mets were hoping Cespedes could return sometime after the All-Star break, but the ankle fractures ended any possibility of him playing in 2019.

A New York Post report in early January stated it was an incident with a wild boar that caused Cespedes to suffer those ankle fractures, which likely explained why the outfielder agreed to have his contract restructured for the 2020 season.

Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million contract after the 2016 season, but injuries caused him to play just 119 games since agreeing to the deal. In 2019, Cespedes earned $22.8 million of his $29 million salary and his guaranteed pay for 2020 has reportedly been reduced to just $6 million, with the ability for him to earn more through incentives.

During the offseason, Cespedes shared video of himself running and hitting as he prepares to make a comeback in what will be a contract-year for the 34-year old. Cespedes will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020 season and his ability to recoup some of the money lost this year with the Mets will hinge on staying healthy.

⏳-- #LGM pic.twitter.com/B0VyUcTecc

— Yoenis Cespedes (@ynscspds) January 20, 2020

Position players for the Mets are scheduled to report to spring training Feb. 16.