Céspedes, who returned this season after missing two years with multiple lower body injuries, didn’t report to the Mets for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
Mets oufielder Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the 2020 season, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2020
The 34-year-old slugger benefited from the National League implementing the designated hitter this year, allowing Céspedes to largely keep off his feet. He also took a massive pay cut to stay with New York.
Following Saturday night’s game against the Braves, Céspedes returned to his hotel, and the Mets didn’t hear from him on Sunday. When the organization sent officials to his room, it quickly became apparent he opted out of the 2020 season.
Van Wagenen said the #Mets sent security to the team hotel and found that Cespedes stuff was packed and Cespedes was gone.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 2, 2020
A two-time All-Star, Céspedes is the latest MLB star to opt-out of the 2020 season this weekend. Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain decided Saturday that he will sit out for the rest of the year.
Céspedes started off his season with a bang, blasting a home run in Citi Field on Opening Day. He will finish the year with two home runs, but largely struggled at the plate with a .161/.235/.387 slash line and 15 strikeouts in 31 at-bats.