Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who will alter his training regimen this offseason, was doing 1,100 pound 'bear' squats before the season, up from 700 pounds in 2015, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.
Before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury last month, Cespedes -- who dealt with nagging lower-body injuries this season prior to his season-ending one -- said he'd adjust his workout regimen to focus on being more athletic.
"I want to become more flexible, more athletic, have less bulk [in my legs]," Cespedes told the New York Post.. "I want to do less weight lifting. I'm going to do some different things, I want to do yoga, more stretching. I want to be lighter. I want to come back around 210, lose about 15 pounds.''
Cespedes hit .292/.352/.540 with 17 HR and 42 RBI while playing in just 81 games this season. He played in 132 games in 2016.
When he was on the field, there were times when Cespedes would go less than full bore in the outfield and on the bases -- perhaps in an effort to go easy on his legs.
"Unless you completely rest your legs and you've had leg issues, they're going to be there,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said last month. "I tip my hat to him he has worked very, very hard on the hydration side to keep himself hydrated. If he stays aggressive with his foot speed, he can create some havoc on the bases.''
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): His overall stats were disappointing this season. But, Cespedes actually hit well during stretches when he reported being healthy and strong. On the other hand, and not surprisingly, he didn't hit well when his legs were banged up or weak.
For example, Cespedes had a nice April, finishing with a 1.020 OPS and nine RBI. He played even better after missing all of May and returning from the disabled list. However, starting around the end of June through the All-Star break and in to August, he hit just .239 with only three HR and 12 RBI in 35 games... and then his season ended with a hamstring injury.
Apr 27, 2017; Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury at Citi Field. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Had he produced a full season of what he did before hitting the DL in May (when he presumably felt his best in 2017), Cespedes could have hit .300 with a .366 OBP, 35 home runs, 90 RBI and 100 strikeouts. These stats are along the lines of what he did last season, which, according to FanGraphs.com, was worth 3.2 wins above replacement (WAR). These numbers would also be well worth the $22 million he's being paid.
In other words, strong legs, strong Cespedes. Weak legs, weak Cespedes. This is why I'm happy to hear he plans to adjust his offseason workouts to focus less on mass and more on cardio, stretching, and endurance training.