New York Mets: Michael Conforto calls Yoenis Cespedes a ‘monster’

New York Mets, Yeonis Cespedes

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been crippled by injuries in recent memory and hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since July 2018.

Fellow outfielder Michael Conforto says Cespedes, who’s entering the final year of a four-year, $110 million contract, looks like a “monster” in summer camp (quotes by means of MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo).

“He looks like a monster,” Conforto said Saturday, a day after working out alongside Céspedes at Citi Field. “He looks like he’s motivated. He looks like he’s in shape. I’ve seen some of the stuff he was doing to get himself ready, some videos of him working out at his ranch. The guy is definitely hungry. He misses the game.”

The Mets acquired Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers at the 2015 MLB trade deadline. Across his first season and a half in Queens (189 games), Cespedes totaled 48 home runs and 130 RBIs while mostly starting in left field. He has appeared in 119 games since 2017.

MLB has implemented a universal designated hitter for 2020, which has led to discussion over whether Cespedes could be the Mets’ everyday DH in the truncated 60-game season.

Conforto says Cespedes’ presence in the order will be “incredible” for the Mets.

“To get Yo in the lineup on an everyday basis, that’s going to be absolutely incredible for us,” Conforto said. “It’s something that we haven’t had, and we’re pretty excited about it.”

Conforto raves about Yoenis Cespedes the teammate.

“I say this every time somebody asks me about him: He really is a great teammate,” Conforto said. “He brings energy to our drills, to the cage. He’s just a guy you miss having around, so I’m excited that he’s back and he’s feeling good. Hopefully, he can do what he does best for us and really bring the thunder with that bat and make some great plays in the outfield.”

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are expected to open the 2020 season at home against the Atlanta Braves on July 24.

A Ten Part Breakdown of the New York Yankees Depth. Part 7: DH

New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild

The New York Yankees are STACKED at the DH position. Pretty much everyone on the team can be the starting DH for the entirety of the 2020 season. So let’s see who makes the most sense:

Giancarlo Stanton AKA The OBVIOUS Choice

People underestimate the fact that Stanton is a competent outfielder. Is he Mike Trout defensively? No. But he’s just above league average as an outfielder, and we know what he’s capable of as a hitter. As a left fielder, he’s weaker looking at the defensive metrics. But he’s still a better defender in left field than Miguel Andujar is (currently) at third.

Stanton’s biggest bugaboo is his health and his strikeouts. When you look at Stanton’s career, he has exceptional seasons after a bad, injury prone season. So while it makes sense for him to be the DH, I force him being the left fielder more regularly.

Miguel Andujar AKA The SMART Choice

You can’t call Andujar a bad hitter. Andujar’s oWAR is 4.6 compared to the 2.2 WAR he posted in 2018. 97 strikeouts, 170 hits, 47 doubles, 92 RBI’s, 25 walks, and he hit into only 9 double plays. Someone who can sub in the field, will undoubtedly learn a new position to help create greater fielding depth for the team as a whole. Plus, he’d help balance out just how much our core of the lineup will ultimately strike out over the course of next season.

The Machine

DJ LeMahieu would be a fabulous DH on more occasions than one. The DH is a point of free offense in the lineup. Why wouldn’t you want a dude with a career .302 batting average be your everyday DH? He gets hits, and he sprays his hits all over the place. With his average of 30 doubles a season, he’d make an excellent DH.

Our First Basemen

Luke Voit and Mike Ford are possibly more prototypical DH’s. They’re bulky, they drive the ball, and most DH’s are relegated to playing first base when playing interleauge games.

So, there you have it. There are 5 more than capable men on the team who can be our regular DH. And that’s not even all the players we have who could be DH’s.