Yoenis Cespedes Showcase Lures MLB Teams as Usual

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – If seven ballplayers, all wearing bright red jerseys with the same name and number on the back, stand together in a field …

If the owner of the name and number puts his hat on the back, as he fields, throws and hits …

If the same man takes the flying ball to the left field and spins it behind his back spontaneously, indicating a clock of joy and awe…

… then you can be in a Yoenis Cespedes Showcase.

Yes, on the same day the Mets enjoyed a home crowd paying fans for the first time in nearly a year, their former fanbase showed his still formidable talent about 12 miles away to scouts from 11 teams, including the Yankees Were. Bob Gladwin Baseball Complex. With mostly free agency, the 35-year-old represents a lucrative lottery ticket for a club in need of a bat.

Since 2018, a total of 46 games have been played, due to the headline-grabbing injury (you remember the wild boar, right?) And the controversial opt out from last year’s COVID-shortened campaign. Still reminding him of his showman’s smack to show off his immense talent and enthusiasm, for nearly 50 minutes, to show people his talent, forcing people to buy tickets and watch Does. Work nearby Remember, Cuban defenders landed their original, four-year, $ 36 million contract in 2012 in the wake of the arm’s-length video, which highlights not only his athleticism, but his habit for roasting a pig on an open spit Was also

I can quote a few scouts on the site, except that a collective would be more effective at expressing their common feelings in the bush, as many of them did, their bushes implying, “Yes, that right now. Is also a physical wonder and someone can dream on you “

Except for the Yankees, who do not possess an obvious need for Cespedes, as long as Giancarlo Stanton is honest, the Blue Jays, Brewers, Marlins, Razs, Tigers, Reds, Cubs, White Sox, Padres and Braves sent representatives. If you’re scoring at home, and with the NL currently set to not deploy a designated hitter, the National League units (six) outnumber the American League (six), with Cespedes himself for a good time. Planted in left field and hit the base. Fly Balls (of which he only caught one from behind his back), nails his second base, third base and at home plate while using his still powerful hand for the imaginary runners. He looked comfortable moving into the outfield later to complete the task.

At the plate, working with the recently sacked Mets coordinator and coach Ryan Ellis, Cespedes did some soft-toss work, and then did batting practice against the left-handed pitcher. He drew a few shots on the wall on the left and found another way to accumulate some shots on the wall in the right-center. La Potenia can still send baseball on long-distance travel.

2020 marked the four-year final season of Cespedes, a $ 110 million contract with the Mets that wound up paying him close to $ 74 million, thanks to the 2019 wild-boar encounter that left him on the right An ankle fracture (and he was valued at $ 30 million) compromised with the Mets) as well as his opt-out from last season after only eight games. Given his recent injury history, he may have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to a major league spring training, which is certainly already underway. In the best case of a major league deal, he would likely receive a relatively low base salary and incentives based on plate appearances.

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Yonis Cespedes at his showcase in Fort, Pierce on March 2, 2021.
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Yet Cespedes stood on Tuesday, trying to continue his never-bored big league career; The youngsters also wore the jersey of “CESPEDES 52” and helped to run the event and took some reps on the field and on the field to give some reps. He has a new representation, Magnus Agency, meaning Brody van Wegen did not go from being a Cespedes agent to his general manager, once again (Van Vagenen is the COO of Cespedes’ former agency, Rock Nation). His training team claims he is in far better shape than last year when he worked against the clock to try to get ready on time.

The Florida Lottery, the jackpot $ 123 million, runs again on Wednesday. Cespedes will spend more than one of those tickets, although he is a lot more fun, and the payoff can still prove to be sizable.

Someone will definitely give him a chance. And it will certainly be a blast, good or bad, to see how Cespades plays the lottery. And who would baffle and shrink baseball observers for long enough to just quit doing basic exercises?

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