More details have emerged regarding Yoenis Cespedes' ranch incident from this past May that caused him to miss the entire 2019 season.
According to the New York Post, Cespedes suffered his injury, which involved multiple ankle fractures, at his Port St. Lucie ranch by stepping into a hole following an incident with a wild boar. SNY's Andy Martino has confirmed the details of the story as well.
The Post reports that Cespedes, who keeps traps set throughout his ranch, stepped into a hole after a boar, which was removed from a trap, "either charged toward Cespedes or startled him..."
According to the Post, Cespedes immediately reported the injury to the team, and officials from the Mets, Commissioners Office, and the MLBPA later visited the ranch to confirm what had happened.
In late December, the Mets and the 34-year-old outfielder agreed to an amended contract for the two-time All-Star. Cespedes had previously been set to make $29.5 million in the final year of his contract with the Mets, but his base salary is now $6 million, though it could raise to $11 million if Cespedes does not begin the season on the Injured List due to a foot or ankle injury," according to the Associated Press.
With incentives, Cespedes could still earn as much as $20 million in 2020.
In four seasons with the Mets, Cespedes has slashed .282/.346/.543 while belting 74 home runs and driving in 201 runs.
Earlier this offseason, Cespedes told Eduardo Perez just how motivated he is to return from his ankle injuries, predicting that he would hit at least 40 home runs.