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The Mets special assistant to the general manager, Omar Minaya, appeared on MLB Network Radio on the second day of the 2019 to discuss the state of the New York Mets with Anthony Di Como.

During the interview Minaya stated that he wasn’t so sure that Yoenis Cespedes was going to play a major role for the Mets in 2019.

Cespedes had surgery on both his heels back in late October of 2018 is expected to be sidelined for 8 to 10 months according to team specialists. Many felt that it was those heels that was causing Cespedes to put exerted pressure on his hamstrings and his calf muscles; which were also causing him to spend time on the DL since 2017.

The die hard Mets faithful had our hopes up that we would see “La Potencia” back in the starting line up sometime around mid -August. It would’ve been like adding another piece late in the season to bolster the offense. You know what I’m getting at. (Shades of 2015!!)

But, alas, that will not be the case.

Turns out we will be lucky to see Yoenis step into a batter’s box even once in 2019. Now this could be Minaya just trying not to get the fans’ hopes up and setting the bar really low here.

We may get number #52 back for, say, the last twenty games of the regular season….we just shouldn’t count on that happening. Anything we get should just be considered a bonus according to him.

After a tremendous 2015 and a pretty strong 2016, the first two years of a four year contract we gave Cespedes back in 2017 is turning out to be a disaster. In 2017 and 2018 Yoenis only played in a total of 119 games combined. This year we can expect anywhere from 25 games to NONE from the Cuban slugger.

In other words, we will have paid him $80.5 million for the last three years in which he won’t even start a combined 162 games!

Can you say one of the worst contracts in Mets history?

I’d say so. It ranks up there with the likes of what the Red Sox paid for Pablo Sandoval back before the 2015 season. Yu Darvish and the contract he just signed with the Cubs back in 2018 is also a nightmare of a contract to compare the Cespedes deal to.

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Outside of the Jason Bay and Oliver Perez contracts….I can’t think of a more wasteful deal we have dished out as a team in recent Mets memory. (Okay…that David Wright extension turned out to be a real stinker also).

Let’s just hope to a 140 game start and MVP caliber 2020 out of big Yo’.

Many cynical fans weren’t expecting much out of him until his contract year anyways. Until then, let’s just hope he gets all the rounds of golf and sports cars his heart desires until it’s flushed out his system fully.

 

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  1. As an A’s fan (probably the ONLY A’s fan) because everyone still thinks that the reason for the big collapse of 2014 was trading him – not at all what actually happened, although I admit it didn’t help – Brandon Moss’ hip was what happened. His inability to hit allowed team to pitch around Donaldson the remainder of the season but I’m going to stop there – it’s 5 years later and there’s not real point in getting into all that – esp given you guys are Mets peeps – LOL! Have you ever watched Cespedes play in left – I have no clue how he ever won a gold glove! He shows off his unbelievable arm all the time but it’s usually because he misread the ball in the first place. Sorry, I was just never a huge Yo person. Not to say I don’t like him but sometimes it’s like I can feel it with certain players – Eric Chavez wins 6 straight GG and the A’s give him a big extension (for the A’s) and like Cespedes he barley played after that, Barry Zito signing with the Giants – knew that was a bust. He won his Cy Young in 02, was good in 03 and in 04 and 05 he was inconsistent AF! My mom and I would be sitting at the game and be like “Which Zito will we see tonight?” You’d know after 2 batters. If the curve was going in for strikes it was gonna be a good night, if not definite loss. Then he had a pretty good first half of 06 and made the All-Star team but his second half numbers were just bad …. luckily no one really watches the A’s (not even big league brass!!) or the Giants wouldn’t have signed Zito and the Yankees wouldn’t have taken Gray off our hands. I don’t know why either of them so sharply declined. Zito was rarely injured and with Gray no one ever pinpointed an exact reason he finished third in the Cy Young voting in 2015 and then dropped off a cliff in 2016. He was inconsistent in the first half of 17 and I was more than happy to see the Yanks take him off our hands (tho we could have used him last season having literally zero starters at one point but even still I wouldn’t want him back and I think it’s funny how people often blame Yankee Stadium (sure it’s tiny but he was bad at the Coliseum and it’s a total pitchers paradise) and they blamed the NY attention but it’s not those things because he wasn’t pitching well in Oakland. Tbh, I felt it coming with Chavy, Zito and Cespedes – and I knew something was off with Addison Russell but my best guess was he’d be injury prone. Wife beater I did not see being the case but something was off. Gray was unexpected but after 16 ended I knew he wasn’t the kid he was in 13 when he faced off with Verlander twice in the postseason. Anyway, sorry to ramble on and sorry if the Cespedes contract turns out crappy. I wouldn’t be upset if he came back and helped you guys – the Mets, like the White Sox and A’s are totally overlooked and underappreciated – do you guys ever feel that way?? Like the stepchild?? We may not have to share a city with the giants but they own almost all the land in the Bay and it’s the same metropolitian area so it’s basically the same thing. And we’ve always been hella better than them. Sweeping them in the 89 WS? Winning 3 in 3 is better than 3 in 5 but no credit to the A’s. I got shafted out of a parade in 89 – the only WS I’ve been alive to see them win – because people thought it would be distrespectful after the earthquake. I would have thought it would have lifted people’s spirits – esp the idiots in the split caps but I’ve already talked too much so I’ll shut up now …but I feel for you guys on the Cespy deal. I would have warned you but I’m nobody(well 99.99999999% of the time if any of you happened to see the news lately that would be that little teeny % and I’m not as evil as they made me seem – but that’s a long story! Anyways, I’ve been following this blog for a while and always enjoyed it! Just never really had a chance to leave comments! Today I did so I did! LOL! (much to your dismay with them being so long!) Have a great day!! Go Mets & Go A’s! 😀

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