Approached Monday morning by reporters at his locker at Mets spring training, Yoenis Cespedes said he wouldn't be speaking to the media this season.
"Not today, not tomorrow, not at all this year," he said.
Asked why he wouldn't talk, Cespedes said "because I don't want to."
Asked if he had an obligation to talk, Cespedes said "no."
Asked if he could say how he was feeling, Cespedes said "no."
Cespedes did respond "maybe" when asked if he would say something to Mets fans.
The 34-year-old Cespedes, who has been doing most of his season-preparation work on the side, will participate with his teammates in the Mets' first full team workout on Monday, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Sunday. And that's a big step.
Cespedes has missed most of the last two seasons due to various lower-body injuries, and missed the entire 2019 season after an incident with a wild boar on his ranch led to an ankle injury that required surgery.
The incident with the wild boar and injury it caused led to an amendment of Cespedes' contract for the 2020 season, with the guarantee dropping from $29.5 million to $6 million. He will earn an additional $5 million if he is on the Opening Day roster or if he starts the season on the IL for an issue unrelated to his recent foot/ankle ailments. Beyond that, Cespedes can earn roughly $9 million more in incentives, with much of those incentives tied to escalators that kick in when he hits a certain number of plate appearances.
Since video started coming out in November of Cespedes taking swings in the batting cage, he has advanced to running and doing some outfield work, and was proclaimed good to go offensively by Van Wagenen roughly a month ago. Cespedes also posted a hype video a few weeks ago that had voiceover of various media members doubting him.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said on Feb. 11 that the team didn't have a timeline for Cespedes. While he is advancing and ratcheting up his activity, it's unclear when he will be able to participate in game action and/or whether he'll be able to play the outfield at anything resembling a regular basis.