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.