Yoenis Cespedes is “highly likely” to leave Mets and sign with another team

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Yoenis Cespedes limping off the field after fouling a ball off his knee may stand as his final moment with the Mets, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the free agent outfielder is “highly likely” to sign elsewhere.

That’s not a shock, as Cespedes was viewed as a two-month rental when the Mets acquired him from the Tigers minutes before the July 31 trade deadline. Rubin writes that the Mets “are expected to modestly pursue” Cespedes on the open market, which leaves open the possibility of a return if for some reason the 30-year-old slugger fails to receive a bunch of huge long-term offers.

He had an incredible impact in 57 games following the trade, hitting .287 with 14 homers and a .942 OPS, but then hit just .222 with two homers and a .584 OPS in 14 playoff games.

New York parted with pitching prospect Michael Fulmer to get Cespedes and would not receive draft pick compensation for his departure.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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