PORT ST. LUCIE — Grapefruit League. Cactus League.
Nah, that sounds more like an eSports thing, doesn’t it? It’s something, though, particularly here with the Mets. To date, it’s the only place you can see Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie compete in anything resembling game action.
Moving forward, you’d bet considerably more on Cespedes playing in a real game than Lowrie. Yet there’s not much of a conversation to be had on timelines or expectations for either injury-prone, well-compensated veteran until that happens.
To the Mets’ credit, they have a competitive group ready to go without this pair. Whether the delicate duo and their big paychecks would inhibit the team’s spending power come the trade deadline, well, that’s a theoretical — and fair, should it come to be — question to be addressed in July.
On Monday at Clover Park, Cespedes and Lowrie took some cuts against Marcus Stroman, who skipped the Mets’ game against the Marlins in Jupiter so that he didn’t give his fellow National League East occupants a look at him so close to the season’s start. A truckload of Mets VIPs, from COO Jeff Wilpon to general manager Brodie Van…