July 26, 2021

Mets finish Yoenis Cespedes contract fight after injury investigation (New York Post)

The Mets will finally be getting a break on Yoenis Cespedes’ contract.

The Mets, Cespedes and the MLBPA negotiated a restructuring of the $29.5 million the outfielder was owed in the final year of his contract, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.

Cespedes was recovering from double heel surgery in May when he fractured his ankle on his ranch in May. The Mets investigated the circumstances of that injury, stopped paying the outfielder and filed a grievance, a source told Sherman. 

Now Cespedes will make significantly less in 2019, though the exact figure is not yet known. Cespedes, 34, had concerns the Mets would void the final season of his four-year, $110 million deal.

A video of Cespedes doing batting practice with former Met Endy Chavez leaked out last month and GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the winter meetings this week that Cespedes plans to play in 2020. No timetable has been provided though for Cespedes, who has not played since July 2018.

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