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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Quad and Return

The New York Mets offense has been dealt a blow with All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes suffering a strained quad against the Washington Nationals on July 8. It is unclear when he will be able to return.

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Cespedes Out vs. Nationals

Saturday, July 9

The Mets announced Cespedes will not play against the Nationals on Saturday.

Cespedes Replaced in All-Star Game 

Saturday, July 9

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star roster to replace Cespedes and Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

Cespedes Has Been Bright Spot in Mets Lineup

The 30-year-old leads the team in home runs, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

The Mets haven’t been able to sustain much offensively this year because of slumping players (Michael Conforto, who has been demoted to Triple-A) or injuries (David Wright, Lucas Duda). They rank 28th in Major League Baseball with 331 runs scored entering Friday. 

They are in a similar position to the one they faced last year around this time, with a great pitching staff carrying the load, though that group was dealt a blow with Matt Harvey having season-ending surgery, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

General manager Sandy Alderson was able to work a trade out for Cespedes last July that helped them make a run to a National League East title and appearance in the World Series. 

If the Mets are going to put together another second-half run in 2016, Cespedes’ presence is absolutely essential. He is the middle-of-the-order masher they desperately need to withstand all of the other problems in their lineup without falling off the pace in the NL East.

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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Wrist and Return

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes exited Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning with a wrist injury. However, he has been cleared to return.

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Cespedes Active vs. Braves

Friday, June 24

The Mets announced that Cespedes will play against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Injury Rare for Durable Cespedes

Cespedes has proved fairly durable, playing more than 150 games in each of the last two seasons, but he dealt with hip soreness earlier in the year before this latest physical setback.

Prior to the injury, he had a .284 batting average with 18 home runs and 44 RBI in 2016.

When healthy, Cespedes anchors the New York lineup. He hit .291 with 35 homers and 105 RBI in 2015, which marked the second straight year he reached the 100-RBI plateau. The 2014 All-Star helped the Mets reach the World Series with his powerful bat but is also a solid fielder.

He won the 2015 Gold Glove and was responsible for 11 total defensive runs saved above average in the outfield that year, per FanGraphs.

While New York at least has options in the outfield behind Cespedes, the team is undoubtedly happy to have its slugger back in the lineup as it looks to chase down the Washington Nationals.

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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Hip and Return

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t played since Friday due to a sore right hip. He is considered day-to-day, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, but an exact return date has yet to be announced. 

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Cespedes Out vs. Marlins

Sunday, June 5

The Mets announced that Cespedes would not play against the Miami Marlins on Sunday after missing Saturday’s game. 

Cespedes Vital to Mets’ Long-Term Success

Cespedes also had right leg discomfort in late April after sliding hard into second base against the Atlanta Braves, and he was forced to miss four games as he recovered from the nasty bruise. 

But when he’s been healthy, Cespedes has remained the most dangerous hitter in the heart of the Mets’ order. Through 49 appearances, the 30-year-old is batting .278 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI. 

The power hitter has been a bit wild with the bat at times, totaling 46 strikeouts this season, but manager Terry Collins made it clear during an April series with the Philadelphia Phillies that the boom-or-bust nature of his plate appearances is generally the cost of doing business. 

“Right now, he’s just getting a little too aggressive at certain times,” Collins said, per Newsday‘s Marc Carig. “But we’re seeing the damage when he’s making contact.”

With Cespedes out, the Mets will rely on Alejandro De Aza in center field to help mitigate the loss of the team’s most impactful hitter.  

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MLB HR Leader Yoenis Cespedes Mounting Well-Timed MVP Campaign

Yoenis Cespedes has been many things in his brief but eventful New York Mets tenure: trade-deadline savior, key lineup cog, National League champion.

A shade under two months into the 2016 season, we can officially add MVP candidate to the list.

After going 2-for-4 with a home run Monday in the Mets’ 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals, Cespedes has an MLB-leading 15 homers on the season. He also leads the NL in OPS (1.060) and RBI (36).

By any measure, he’s raking. And the Mets, at 26-18, are just a half-game back of Washington in the NL East.

It’s a continuation of the success Cespedes enjoyed with New York last year, when he hit 17 home runs with a .942 OPS in 57 games after a late July trade from the Detroit Tigers.

The Mets, of course, rode their stable of arms and Cespedes‘ scalding bat to a division title and ultimately advanced to the World Series.

The 30-year-old Cuban masher then tested free agency, seeking six years and nine figures, but eventually re-upped with the Mets on a three-year, $75 million deal with a one-year opt-out. 

Now, barring a catastrophic injury, Cespedes will surely pull that opt-out ripcord and get showered with cash this winter in a weak free-agent class. 

That’s a discussion for another day, however. For now, Cespedes and the Mets are focused on another deep run together. And if he keeps swinging like this, Cespedes could be setting himself up for some shiny new hardware.

It’s obviously way too early to handicap the awards races; a lot can and will change between now and the 162-game finish line.

At present, however, there’s a short list of MVP front-runners in the Senior Circuit, and Cespedes is on it.

It begins with Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, the reigning NL MVP. Still just 23 years old, Harper is having an exemplary follow-up campaign with 11 home runs, 30 RBI and a .989 OPS. And his brash, Make Baseball Fun Again personality is firmly intact.

Then there’s Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the 2014 NL MVP, who leads the majors in strikeouts, WHIP and innings pitched.

If you like a dark horse, lay some money on Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, whose 14 home runs, .979 OPS and Gold Glove-caliber defense mostly obscure the Rockies’ mediocrity and the perceived Coors Field effect.

Stack Cespedes‘ early output next to any of those players’, however, and you can make a case that he’s the leader in the clubhouse.

If you put extra stock in the “valuable” part of the equation, it’s worth noting that the Mets’ vaunted starting rotation hasn’t been quite as dominant as advertised, with right-hander Matt Harvey, in particular, wobbling. 

And now, New York is dealing with the loss of first baseman Lucas Duda, who is expected to miss significant time with a stress fracture in his lower back. Duda was the Mets’ home run leader each of the past two seasons, which makes the presence of Cespedes‘ stick all the more essential.

Cespedes has boasted game-changing pop since arriving in the big leagues in 2012 with the Oakland A’s. But one of the hallmarks of his success so far in 2016 has been increased patience and plate discipline.

After drawing just 33 walks in 159 games last season, Cespedes has already coaxed 17 free passes in 40 games this year.

“He’s really shrunk his zone, and I’m so proud of that,” Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “It’s easier said than done. He’s been one way for a long time and he’s been very successful at it, but he’s a different animal right now.”

Cespedes concurred.

“I’m being more selective at home plate and that has allowed me to hit more home runs,” he said, per Kernan. “A lot of Cuban players are hitters who swing at balls out of the zone. Having to adjust to a smaller strike zone is a task.”

Cespedes is also hitting more balls in the air and fewer on the ground than he did last season, which helps explain the power surge. At the same time, as FanGraphsDave Cameron noted, “Cespedes has somehow pulled off the pretty rare trick of adding power without having to swing and miss more often, and that has made him a substantially better hitter than he was earlier in his career.”

We’re still in “it’s early” caveat land. Cespedes‘ walk rate could regress, bringing his OPS down with it. But he’s been doing this superstar thing long enough, particularly in a Mets uniform, to believe it’s far more than a sample-size mirage.

Cespedes is for real. 

The better he plays, the more likely he is to opt out and bolt for a Brink’s truck payday after the season. But, as they attempt to march back to October, that’s a risk the Mets will gladly take.

Go ahead, Queens faithful, start the chant: “M-V-P, M-V-P…”


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Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes Fueling Explosive Mets’ Streak Up NL East

Yoenis Cespedes gets the attention, as he should. But the New York Mets‘ 12-run third inning got going Friday night when Michael Conforto doubled home the game’s first run.

Cespedes’ recent power surge has made the Mets look unbeatable. But the Mets’ surge really began when manager Terry Collins put a 23-year-old kid into the third spot in the batting order.

The Mets are baseball’s hottest team and maybe baseball’s best show. And as much as this is a team built around its young and ridiculously talented starting rotation, the Mets look like a championship contender again because of a lineup built around the unassuming kid from the Pacific Northwest and the flashy star from Cuba.

They each had two hits in the 12-run inning that was the biggest in the Mets’ 55-year franchise history and fueled a 13-1 rout of the San Francisco Giants to give the Mets their seventh straight win. True to form, Conforto had a pair of line drives that drove in runs. True to form, Cespedes hit the rocket of a grand slam that you’ll see on the highlights.

Cespedes hits the ball hard, and his last two home runs have been dramatic lasers over the left-field fence. But as Mark Simon of ESPN.com tweeted Thursday, it’s another Met who tops the list of the hardest hitters in the major leagues:

Simon didn’t break down those numbers by date, but the other numbers show Conforto is hitting .380 in the 13 games since Collins moved him to the middle of the lineup, with eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.

The Mets, who were 3-5 and scoring 2.5 runs a game before the move, are 11-2 and scoring more than six runs a game since.

Conforto isn’t solely responsible, any more than Cespedes was solely responsible for fueling the second-half charge that gave the Mets a division title and eventually a National League pennant last year.

Or any more than Cespedes has been the key to the Mets’ current seven-game winning streak. Neil Walker has nine home runs this month, Asdrubal Cabrera has fit in well as the new shortstop, and the Mets still have that pitching.

Besides, Cespedes only started two of the seven games, showing up for just one plate appearance in the other five because of a deep bruise on his right leg. That one appearance, of course, was the three-run, game-tying, pinch-hit home run Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a home run that reached legendary status when it came out the Mets had to go find Cespedes in the training room, where he was getting treatment.

Cespedes has homered six times in his last nine games—a stretch that began the day Collins put Conforto in the third spot and pushed Cespedes from third to cleanup. He has at least one extra-base hit in each of those nine games, which is another Mets franchise record.

It’s pretty much what the Mets have seen from Cespedes ever since the trade that brought him from the Detroit Tigers last July 31. Michael Fulmer, the 23-year-old right-hander who was a key piece in that deal, debuted with a strong effort for the Tigers Friday night in Minnesota. But as Gary Cohen said Friday on SNY, the Mets will have no regrets even if Fulmer becomes a star.

Cespedes already is one. He already helped deliver one pennant, the Mets’ first in 14 years, and he energized this team with his January decision to re-sign.

The three-year, $75 million contract includes an opt-out that would turn it into a one-year, $27.5 million deal, but at this point the Mets would say that big price is worth it, too.

Besides, they’re only paying Conforto $517,246 this year.

The Cespedes signing was supposed to turn Conforto into a platoon player, because the Mets’ original plan was to play Cespedes in left field with Juan Lagares in center and Conforto on the bench against left-handers. That’s still the official plan, but the Mets have somehow faced only two lefties this season, and Conforto played in one of those games because Cespedes couldn’t.

The reality is that Conforto needs to be an every-day player, one way or the other. The reality is the Mets need him, just as they need Cespedes.

They make a pretty good pair in the middle of the lineup, as different as they are. And they make the Mets a team that could easily repeat or outdo what it accomplished last year.


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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Leg and Return

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced to exit Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with right leg discomfort. It’s unclear when he will return to the field.

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Cespedes to Seek Additional Medical Attention

Sunday, April 24

ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin reported “Cespedes is expected to be examined by team doctors when the Mets return to New York” following the series against Atlanta.

The Mets host the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series starting Monday before having a rest day Thursday.

Cespedes Out of Lineup vs. Braves

Sunday, April 24

The Mets announced Cespedes will not start Sunday against Atlanta.

Collins Comments on Cespedes Injury

Saturday, April 23

“It got real tight, so we took him out,” manager Terry Collins said, per Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. “… Once it starts to tighten up, there’s a possibility of him pulling that. So I got him out.”

Cespedes Provides Major Impact in Middle of Mets Lineup

Cespedes joined the Mets at last season’s trade deadline, and in addition to their dominant pitching staff, he was a huge factor in their surprising run to the World Series.

The Cuban slugger hit .287 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 57 games with the Mets, and he even warranted some consideration for the National League MVP award despite only playing about one-third of the campaign in that league.

He finished his career year with a .291 batting average, 35 homers and 105 RBI, which made him a hot commodity on the free-agent market. Cespedes decided to return to the Big Apple, and he continues to be the centerpiece of the Mets lineup.

Cespedes is currently hitting .288 with five home runs and 14 RBI, and he missed just three games in 2015 after playing in 152 in 2014.

The 30-year-old is also a strong defensive player who won his first career Gold Glove last season. He has one of the best outfield arms in baseball.

Look for Juan Lagares or Alejandro De Aza to see more at-bats with Cespedes out.


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Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes Wildly Jumps into Stands Trying to Make Miraculous Play

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes probably had zero chance of making a play on this ball, but you have to respect the effort he gave.

Of course, you also feel a little sorry for the fans who got wrecked on the play.

In the top of the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game at Citi Field, Cespedes was tracking a fly ball hit by Miami Marlins center fielder Ichiro Suzuki down the left field line. As he approached the stands, the Mets star realized he had run out of real estate—so he channeled his inner Derek Jeter and went into the crowd.

Unlike Jeter, Cespedes was not able to come up with an out.

An effort like that could have resulted in some injuries, but it appears as though everyone was fine, including the left fielder. Cespedes did, however, move over to center field later in the inning as part of a double switch. While that move was made to keep closer Jeurys Familia from batting in the bottom of the inning, it also kept Cespedes away from the stands.

The eighth was a rough frame for Cespedes’ body. Just half an inning after he jumped into the seats, he was hit by a pitch.

However, New York’s 2-1 win will soften the blow some.


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Yoenis Cespedes Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Hip and Return

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is nursing a minor hip injury that caused him to miss one of the team’s exhibition games. 

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Cespedes Dealing with Hip Soreness

Tuesday, March 15

Newsday‘s Marc Carig relayed the update and cited the injury as the outfielder’s reason for missing the Mets’ game Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.  

“He just said he’s a little stiff, so I said, ‘Take [the trip] off,’” manager Terry Collins said, per Adam Rubin of ESPN. “He’s been playing with it.”

Cespedes has been one of MLB‘s most dynamic power hitters since making his debut with the Oakland A’s in 2012, but he didn’t truly explode until he was dealt to the New York Mets at the 2015 trade deadline. 

In the span of 57 games, Cespedes posted 17 home runs, 44 RBI and what equated to a career-best .604 slugging percentage with a .942 OPS for the National League champions. 

And while Cespedes lingered on the open market for quite some time over the winter, he found middle ground with the Mets and signed a three-year, $75 million deal to remain in the Big Apple. 

“I think it’s important to keep in mind, it’s not always about the amount of money being offered,” Cespedes said upon re-signing, according to the New York Daily NewsAnthony McCarron. “It’s about wanting to be in a place that you want to play in, that you’re happy in. As you can see, that’s just what happened in my case.”

Considering preliminary indications haven’t pegged Cespedes’ injury as a serious one, the Mets are likely just playing it safe to make sure one of their key cogs isn’t overworked as the regular season approaches. 


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Rocketing NY Stardom Putting Big Pressure on Yoenis Cespedes in 2016

Yo definitely knows baseball. Through that and his larger-than-life personality, Yo has also come to know what it’s like to be a superstar athlete in New York.

But there’s a dark side to that, you know. It’s how quickly New York fame can turn into New York infamy, and the New York Mets must hope Yoenis Cespedes doesn’t come to know that too.

Yeah, I know. Sorry for being such a Nervous Nellie. But we’re at that point where the possibility can no longer be ignored. Legend says New York has little patience for big-ticket superstars who fall short of their billing, after all, and Cespedes has never been billed as highly as he is going into 2016. Once only a cult hero, the 30-year-old outfielder is now a mainstream cultural phenomenon.

Cespedes took off like a rocket after the Detroit Tigers traded him to the Mets last July, going from OPS’ing .829 with 18 homers to OPS’ing .942 with 17 homers. That helped transform the Mets offense from laughable to formidable, putting the team on its path to the World Series and the man himself in the National League MVP discussion.

Cespedes didn’t win the MVP, of course. Nor did he help the Mets win the World Series. But it was obvious the Mets couldn’t afford to lose him to free agency, and they got their wish when they re-signed him to a three-year deal worth $75 million in late January. Like that, Cespedes, a New York star, was recast in the part of filthy rich New York star.

You might have noticed how well he’s played it this spring. If you haven’t, just Google his name and enjoy. There are stories about cars, tricycles, horses and, because there’s more to the good life than fine modes of transportation, even waffles and swine. You’d swear his motto was “Go big or go home.”

Don’t worry. We’re not going to wag our finger and tell Cespedes to keep his head down and stick to baseball. That’s for the Mets to say, and for now, they’re cool with Cespedes being, well, cool.

“[He] is just having a good time, and he maybe likes the attention, the little bit that he’s getting, and all the hoopla,” Mets skipper Terry Collins said of his star outfielder, via Mike Puma of the New York Post. “But I know one thing: When he’s out there, he’s pretty serious, because he works hard.”

But we will say that attracting the hoopla is the easy part. Particularly in a place like New York, the hard part is continuing to deserve it. Cespedes won’t hear the end of it if he stumbles in 2016, which is a danger to happen even if he doesn’t change a thing from his 2015 season.

There’s a reason Cespedes was only a cult hero while playing for the Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox and Tigers through the first three-and-a-half years of his career. Despite his seemingly impossible blend of power, speed, arm strength and swagger, he was only occasionally a great ballplayer.

In 2013, and 2014 especially, the term “consistent” fit Cespedes about as well as “low-key” fits him now. He broke through with an .861 OPS, 23 homers and 16 steals as a rookie in 2012, but he devolved into a power-only hitter across the next two seasons. His 48 homers were nice, but they were only worth so much next to a .298 on-base percentage and 14 steals in 23 attempts.

And though his career-best .870 OPS seems to suggest otherwise, not much actually changed in 2015.

Cespedes’ ability to draw walks continued its descent, with the root cause of that being an escalating tendency to swing at pitches outside the strike zone. With his strikeout rate continuing to hover just above league average, his only redeeming quality was his superior power. His .542 slugging percentage was by far a career best and ranked 10th among qualified hitters.

That part is obviously the good news, but the fear now is that Cespedes’ power could be overruled by his weaknesses in 2016. If that happens, the Mets know from experience just how bad things could get.

If you’ll direct your attention to this table full of numbers, you’ll see that Cespedes’ time with the Mets (postseason included) was almost evenly split between his being totally on fire and his flaming out:

This wasn’t an accident. Cespedes developed some physical issues in October that held him back, and pitchers also did their part to throw ice water on his fiery bat.

According to BaseballSavant.com, Cespedes went from seeing pitches outside the zone at a 61.1 percent clip to a 63.3 percent clip. Pitchers were trying harder to exploit the big hole in his approach, and part of this attack also involved exploiting a major hole in his swing. Cespedes was pounded up and in more frequently with fastballs, against which he recorded zero hits.

If that treatment seemed especially prevalent in the postseason, that’s because it was. August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs noted as much, and he also offered what almost sounds like a word of warning:

This year, Cespedes’ weakness against the high fastball was more drastic than ever before, and it coincided with him having his best season at the plate. In other words, Cespedes was beating pitchers more everywhere else, making it all the more important for them to pitch to Cespedes carefully, focusing more on his cold zones. With that said, it feels somewhat surprising that this hole in his swing wasn’t more exploited.

This is an open invitation for pitchers to take note of how Cespedes was silenced at the end of 2015. If the diet of high heat that did the trick becomes the norm for him in 2016, it could send his offensive production back to its 2013-2014 level of meh-ness. Or worse.

And that’s not the only way Cespedes’ superstar status could deflate in 2016. He’s an elite defender when he plays in left field, but the Mets’ plan is to play him in center field. That’s where the defensive metrics rated him as poorly as ever in 2015, and the eye test lends truth to that.

To wit, the Mets saw Cespedes misplay a ground ball into an inside-the-park homer last September. More notably (and embarrassingly), he did the same thing with this fly ball in Game 1 of the World Series:

The Mets could find themselves in a difficult spot if Cespedes continues to struggle as a center fielder in 2016. Moving him back to left and playing Juan Lagares, a Gold Glover in 2014, in center would make sense in theory, but Michael Conforto’s status as New York’s primary left fielder would make that difficult. The Mets likely aren’t going to bench his bat just so they could improve on defense.

If the question now is what could go wrong with Cespedes in 2016, the answer is “plenty.” He could fall apart on both offense and defense, in which case it would take less than a New York minute for his superstar status to unravel. The only question then would be, “Is this it?”

The best way for Cespedes to avoid that is to take his game to new heights, and that’s where the nature of his hard work this spring provides a spark for optimism.

The Mets are aware that Cespedes’ power comes with too many weak points at the plate. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has reported that the Mets are trying to prepare Cespedes to walk more, make more contact and use the whole field. To his credit, he’s been cooperative.

“He’s all in,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “Cespedes is very receptive to advice, to working on stuff, he’s great to work with. He’s a baseball player.”

If there’s a reason for optimism with Cespedes’ defense in center field, it’s that this is really the first time a team has committed to him as a center fielder. And if the more consistent reps don’t make him better, the Mets are prepared to downplay the impact of his defense. Collins told Maria Guardado of NJ Advance Media that he’s ready to insert Lagares for his defense when it’s needed late in games.

All this constitutes a rare case of a team’s not being content to take a set-it-and-forget-it approach with a big-ticket superstar. And if the efforts pay off, Cespedes’ incredible talent could translate into incredible results more easily than it ever has.

If that’s how things pan out, all the hype Cespedes has been generating will feel less like a tease and more like what the Mets hope it is: a promise.


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PETA Comments on Yoenis Cespedes’ Decision to Have $7K Pig Sent to Butcher

There probably won’t be many PETA members wearing Yoenis Cespedes jerseys in the Citi Field stands this season.  

The group that advocates the ethical treatment of animals was not pleased with the New York Mets outfielder’s decision to send a pig he recently bought to the butcher, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Puma noted the 270-pound pig cost Cespedes $7,000 at an auction at a local fair and passed along the statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange:

Yoenis Cespedes can afford $7,000 out of his own pocket, and this loving, loyal and clever pig is paying the real price with his life. It’s a shame that Cespedes dropped the ball here and missed the opportunity to send this pig to a sanctuary, where he could have lived out his days in peace.

We’re sending Cespedes some delicious vegan bacon in the hope that he’ll open his heart, not clog it with pig fat.

While it may seem like a cruel fate for the pig, Pumpa reported a Mets spokesman said Florida state law requires a hog bought at an auction to be slaughtered. However, Cespedes owns an 88-acre ranch in Vero Beach, Florida, which led to something of a twist, per Puma:

But earlier in the day, an official with Indian River County Community Development—the government office that oversees laws regarding livestock in Vero Beach—told The Post there is no law prohibiting Cespedes from keeping the pig, as long as it’s on a farm or ranch and not in a residential neighborhood. 

Sporting News MLB shared a look at the pig:

Cespedes may be in a pork-related mess off the field now that PETA has weighed in on his purchase, but his on-field importance for the Mets is unquestionable. The Mets acquired the outfielder by trade from the Detroit Tigers at the deadline, and he proceeded to hit 17 homers in 57 games with a .942 OPS.

He finished the 2015 campaign with a career-high 35 home runs and 105 RBI and provided a jump-start to a New York offense that struggled to match its impressive pitching staff in the first half of the season. He also won a Gold Glove Award as a two-way star who was responsible for 11 total defensive runs saved above average in the outfield, per FanGraphs

New York has World Series-or-bust expectations in 2016 after reaching the Fall Classic last year and falling just short, and Cespedes’ continued superstardom in the outfield is a major reason.

No word yet on if the Mets will eat pork or vegan bacon during the ensuing celebration if they win that championship.

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