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Friday, April 17, 2020

Five Soon-to-Be Free Agents With the Most to Lose From a Postponed Season

At the end of January, back when the pandemic had yet to become a pandemic, I took the bold step of ranking Mookie Betts No. 1 on my way-too-early list of next winter’s top free agents.

Oh, what an innocent time it was.

Less than three months later, the context for my free-agent rankings has completely changed. It was written under the assumption that baseball would begin as usual, giving players such as DJ LeMahieu (No. 5), Trevor Bauer (No. 3) and George Springer (No. 2) the chance to boost their value in a contract year. Now we don’t know if there will be any baseball this year.

Let’s highlight the five upcoming free agents who have the most to lose from a drastically shortened or canceled 2020 season.

 


Saturday, January 04, 2020

Report: Wild boar behind Yoenis Cespedes’ ankle injury

Things are rarely boring with the New York Mets.

The latest example: a wild boar and Yoenis Cespedes.

The New York Post reported Friday that the fractured ankle Cespedes suffered in the spring came from a bizarre incident the injury-plagued outfielder had with an animal at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

News of the injury itself isn’t new. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters in May that Cespedes suffered multiple right ankle fractures in what he called a “violent” fall on the outfielder’s ranch that was not baseball-related. Details of what happened hadn’t come out until the Post’s story Friday, however.

So, where does this rank in the listing of bizarre injuries to baseball players?

 

QLE Posted: January 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, mets being mets, wild boar, yoenis cespedes

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Yoenis Cespedes’ drastic Mets pay cut could get lager

Yoenis Cespedes’ pay cut for next season could be deeper than originally anticipated.

Industry sources confirmed Saturday the veteran outfielder’s guaranteed salary for next season, as part of a restructured contract, will be just $6 million. But Cespedes would collect another $5 million if he avoids beginning the season on the injured list because of right foot or ankle injuries that kept him sidelined in 2019. The Associated Press first reported terms of the new deal.

The club initially disputed the report that Cespedes’ guaranteed salary for next year would be $6 million, but a source indicated the Mets were viewing the contract as $11 million for 2020 with $5 million deducted if the player begins the season on the IL with the aforementioned injuries. Cespedes’ original contract, signed before the 2017 season, called for him to earn $29.5 million next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, December 13, 2019

Mets, Yoenis Cespedes reach agreement to restructure contract, lower 2020 salary

According to reports, Céspedes and the Mets agreed on an amended contract. He remains with the team, but the sides agreed to lower his salary from the original $29.5 million. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the Mets will save “well over $10 million” with this settlement.

This was the product of a grievance settlement, per reports, that was approved by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. The situation causing it all: In May, Céspedes — already rehabbing from surgery on both heels — broke his ankle during an accident on his ranch.

“We haven’t even thought about implications to the contract,” GM Brodie Van Wagenen said during the press conference in which he announced Céspedes broke his ankle. “Our focus now is on the player’s health, and we’re trying to get the right answers to what procedures need to be done, if any, and what the prognosis is that will be coming out of this.”

I wonder if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is related to the agent that negotiated Cespedes’ original contract, a guy by the name of Brodie Van Wagenen.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2019 at 08:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yoenis cespedes

 

 

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