Sandy Alderson recently told the New York Post that he has no issue with Yoenis Cespedes playing golf during the season, since it has no impact on his ability to play baseball.
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Cespedes posted a photo of himself golfing last summer as he was simultaneously missing time on field with a leg injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list.
"Last year there was an unfortunate juxtaposition between the golf and the leg injury that didn't sit well with some fans, and wasn't looked on favorably by the media," Alderson explained in a lengthy interview with Steve Serby. "I don't think there was any real connection between the two."
The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.
Mar 30, 2016; Cespedes (52) connects for a double at Tradition Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
He recently told NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan that he was in a lot of pain last season, but he's now 100 percent healthy, happy, playing less golf and ready for 2017.
According to Alderson, Cespedes has the perfect makeup to succeed and entertain in New York.
"He has a flair that people have come to appreciate and that flair comes with outstanding ability as well,"Alderson told Serby of his star outfielder. "You can tell he's super-confident, he's an outstanding athlete … and a bigger-than-life aspect to his game with his power and his arm. Fans enjoy winning games, but I think that in New York, personalities stand out as well. He hasn't heretofore communicated all that much, but there's that quiet, mysterious aura of power and speed and strength, it's manifested quite often at the plate. People are intrigued by it."
If available, I would be buying stock in Cespedes. I think he's going to be a monster this season, lead the Mets to a franchise-best third consecutive postseason and get -- at least -- several MVP votes. To say I have lofty expectations for Cespedes is an understatement. The thing is, from what I'm hearing, they pale in comparison to what he expects from himself. ... I believe talk of Cespedes needing to be motivated by free agency and that he'll become complacent with a $100 million contract is foolish and misguided. ... Instead of slacking, I expect Yo to step up his game and be a leader on and off field. Instead of silly stories about cars and horses, I bet we start reading more stories this spring about his hustle and dedication, his mentoring young players, being more vocal on the field and spending less time on his own and more time with teammates >> Read more.