The New York Mets got off to an impressive 11-1 start this season. Then the injuries started piling up and by early May their lead in the NL East had faded. Despite a slew of team injuries Yoenis Céspedes has at times kept the Mets going while enduring nagging injuries of his own. Céspedes and the Mets host the New York Yankees to close out a weekend, cross-town interleague series Sunday, June 10 on ESPN.
Like the Mets, Céspedes had a solid April but sore quadriceps has all but landed him on the disabled list, although the Mets have given him some rest time. He’s responded well with his bat, which makes it hard for the Mets to keep him out of the lineup.
Until he landed with the Mets in a mid-season 2015 trade, Céspedes was bouncing around the big leagues. He came up with the Oakland A’s who traded him in 2014 to Boston, who then traded him to Detroit. The Tigers then struck a deal with the Mets and in 2015 Céspedes found himself in the World Series where the Met’s lost in five games to the Kansas City Royals. The Mets liked what they saw and currently have him under contract through the 2020 season.
Injuries have plagued the Mets and Céspedes each of the past two seasons. In 2017 he only played in 81 games. If he and the team can work through this round they could still emerge as a late season contender.
Yoenis Céspedes Milanés
Born: Oct. 18, 1985
Birthplace: Campechuela, Granma Province, Cuba
Height/Weight: 5 foot, 10 inches / 220-pounds
Teams: NY Mets, 2015 – present; Detroit Tigers, 2015; Boston Red Sox, 2014; Oakland Athletics, 2012–2014
Honors and Achievements: All-Star, 2014, 2016; Gold Glove Award, 2015; Silver Slugger Award, 2016; Home Run Derby Champ, 2013-14