Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Met Outfield Crowded, but Cespedes a Given

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Met Outfield Crowded, but Cespedes a Given

Article excerpt

The failure to move an outfielder has left the Mets with a crowded outfield, but there is no confusion when it comes to who will play left field: their $110-million man, Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes has done nothing but produce since arriving with the Mets, and cashed in after accepting a three-year deal with a one- year opt-out last winter. Cespedes made the All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger after hitting .280 and tallying 31 homers, and the Mets rewarded him with a four-year deal.

The outfielder has been the most important piece of the Mets' lineup the last 11/2 seasons, and once again will be counted on to be that dynamite bat in the heart of the order. The Mets are 110-79 when Cespedes plays, and have reached the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

"The last two years, give or take, in Mets history have been about winning, and it has been clear when Yoenis Cespedes plays for the Mets, the Mets win," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said when the Mets re-signed Cespedes in December. "With all of the analysis and mathematics that litters professional baseball today, that's a pretty straightforward statistic and compelling one that I think everybody can understand. …

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