The Mets are an outfielder short following the surprise retirement of Michael Cuddyer, but the team is still unlikely to bring back Yoenis Cespedes, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. If the season were to start today, Juan Lagares would likely handle everyday duties in center field with Michael Conforto in left and Curtis Granderson in right.
In fact, the Mets don’t have any plans to spend big in free agency even with additional money saved from Cuddyer’s retirement. They also don’t plan to deal any of their pitching to address the outfield.
Cespedes was a difference-maker after joining the Mets from the Tigers at the trade deadline. The Cuban slugger hit .287 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 249 plate appearances.
The Mets have already added Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, replacing Daniel Murphy and replacing Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, respectively. They’ll still have to make another addition or two to maintain their standing in the National League.