Yoenis Cespedes

Just two months ago, Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes published an essay for The Players’ Tribune titled “Finally at Home” about New York and the Mets. Now Cespedes has expressed an interest in eventually returned to “where he started” and finishing his career with the Oakland Athletics.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I wish that happens,” Céspedes said, adding of former A’s and current Mets teammate Jerry Blevins, “I told Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

The Mets have already had plenty of drama this season from players going AWOL, to dildos in the locker room, to injuries. Cespedes isn’t helping here.

There’s not much harm in Cespedes’ comments. All he said is he wants to play his final year with the Athletics. He turns 32 years old in October, and he’ll be a free agent after the 2020 season at age 35. We’re looking far down the road here.

What’s more harmful is a comment Cespedes threw in about A’s manager Bob Melvin, in which he underhandedly slighted Mets manager Terry Collins:

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Céspedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Meanwhile, Cespedes is making nearly $30 million per year with the Mets while serving as one of the faces of the franchise. Mets fans were understandably displeased when they heard his comments to the Chronicle. Especially considering Cespedes’ July slump.

[San Francisco Chronicle]

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