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Mets hopeful Yoenis Cespedes can make a contribution as DH, GM Brodie Van Wagenen says

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      Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

NEW YORK — In the first three years of his contract with the New York Mets, outfielder Yoenis Céspedes played in most attention-grabbing 119 games — and in gorgeous 38 since 2017 — however the personnel remains optimistic he’ll be an energetic player this upcoming abbreviated season.

“Céspedes has been working onerous. We are taking a stare ahead to him coming into into camp, and imagine that he must always mute be nearer to being recreation-ready than we had been after we seen him final in March,” Brodie Van Wagenen acknowledged of the outfielder, one in all the a amount of subject matters discussed by the 2d-year Mets overall manager all the plan thru a conference name Monday afternoon.

Van Wagenen acknowledged the personnel hopes Céspedes, within the last year of the four-year, $110-million deal he signed after the 2016 season, will have the choice to make a contribution in segment as a delegated hitter this season, with the unique DH will becoming a segment of MLB’s deliberate 60-recreation typical season.

“Céspedes is an overwhelming athlete — when he’s 100 p.c wholesome. He’s got a dynamic ability blueprint with all five tools; we will decide to guarantee that we build him ready to be able to impact the most of these tools from an total lineup increase,” Van Wagenen acknowledged. “The flexibility to admire a DH for our gamers, I mediate, can support blueprint up workload. We if truth be told feel like our lineup will also be as deep as someone’s in baseball. We mediate we admire punch, guys that can impact the sport with the bat, so we’re taking a stare ahead to utilizing the DH space to both offer protection to our guys’ health and to position up some offensive force.”

Céspedes needed to endure surgical procedures to capture bone calcifications from both heels final year. He used to be expected to be sidelined for no decrease than half of of the 2019 season, but double ankle fractures eradicated any hope of a return.

Nearer Edwin Diaz acknowledged he expects Céspedes to be ready.

“This spoil day will likely be a silver lining for some of our injured guys, like Céspedes, who I mediate will likely be 100 p.c ready to play. If there would possibly per chance be baseball, the Mets are going to admire a gigantic personnel this year,” Diaz acknowledged. “In spring coaching, Céspedes used to be nearly, nearly ready to play. I threw an inning within the minors, and he used to be gorgeous there making ready to hit and acknowledged to me, ‘I’m nearly ready; I’m going to be ready when the season starts,’ so gorgeous now he must always be previous ready.”

Van Wagenen supplied updates on two assorted injured Mets. Of Michael Conforto, who suffered an oblique hurt within the spring, Van Wagenen called the hiatus triggered by the coronavirus pandemic “a reward for him,” and he expected the 27-year-frail to be ready for camp “without restrictions.”

Van Wagenen added that he believes Jed Lowrie, sidelined grand of final season and this spring thanks to a spread of decrease physique accidents, can rapidly transition out of the leg brace he has been wearing and take part in some drills when camp opens.

Without providing additional main aspects, Van Wagenen confirmed the Mets had “most attention-grabbing one player within the 40-man roster” check determined for COVID-19 since February.

“I fabricate no longer decide to procure into the specifics of it, but he’s recuperating and we if truth be told feel like he’s in a true blueprint, but we will wait and search for when we procure all individuals here all as soon as more,” he acknowledged. “We’ll have to retain in mind how the following couple of days slip, but we are optimistic.”

Van Wagenen wired that the personnel mute had 10 spots to fulfill in its 60-man summer player pool and that he expects to add extra names to that roster. That will have the choice to consist of Tim Tebow, who used to be notably absent from the checklist released by the personnel.

About a hours outdated to Van Wagenen spoke, the Mets added loads of veterans, collectively with outfield insurance protection in Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham and beautiful-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland.

Cabrera, 35, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates final season, batting .280 with seven dwelling runs in 378 at-bats. In 15 seasons, Cabrera, who began his occupation with the Yankees and won the 2009 World Series with them, has a .285 lifetime batting moderate.

Strickland, 31, spent minute time final season with the Mariners and the Nationals, compiling a 5.55 ERA in 24⅓ innings. He used to be released by the Nationals in March. Strickland has a lifetime 3.16 ERA, his most attention-grabbing years coming with the Giants from 2014 to ’18.

Beckham, 33, hit .215 in 83 games for the Tigers final season. He spent most of his 11-year occupation with the Chicago White Sox.

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