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Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets' roster for the 2019 season is beginning to take a new shape under new GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He already bolstered the lineup with Robinson Cano, and Edwin Diaz will be the team's much-needed closer. 

As Van Wagenen continues to be aggressive, there is also some hope for current Mets to be available down the road as well. One is veteran OF Yoenis Cespedes, who Van Wagenen addressed on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Wednesday.

Francesa asked whether or not Van Wagenen, along with manager Mickey Callaway and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in the room, views Cespedes as a part of next season.

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Mets fans were looking for a sign of genuine hope on Tuesday, the most significant wasn't the donning of the jerseys by Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, but rather the stars in Jeff Wilpon's eyes when he spoke admiringly of his new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Suffice it to say there could be a direct correlation to a higher payroll for 2019.

"Brodie's got his fingers in on everything right now," Wilpon said to reporters at Citi Field. "I haven't seen anybody with this much drive and determination in a long time."

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Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will introduce Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano during a press conference at Citi Field on Tuesday at 11 a.m., which you can watch live via SNY on Twitter and Facebook. 

With step 1 of the offseason plan done, here are five questions GM Brodie Van Wagenen should answer...

Are you serious about trading Noah Syndergaard and, if not, have you seen any interest in Zack Wheeler?

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mariners have reached out to the Mets and Yankees about trading 2B Robinson Canoreports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal cites a source who says in order for the Mets to consider biting on Cano, the Mariners would need to include significant money in a potential deal and send a top prospect to the Mets. 

According to Rosenthal, the Yanks and Mariners briefly discussed a Cano-Jacoby Ellsbury deal earlier this offseason -- with the Yankees wanting "significant" money included going back to them. But those talks never got serious. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Cano is still productive -- he had an .845 OPS in 2018 and was an above average fielder at second base. But the stain of his PED suspension (and concerns about lingering effects) along with the insane amount of money he's owed, his age, and poor positional fit should prevent Cano from coming to Queens...

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo thinks the Mets are "getting the best of both worlds" with agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen.  

"I think you're gonna get someone who's really in to the analytics -- knows how to read 'em -- but also has that baseball mindset where he's gonna let the analytics kind of help him make baseball decisions and not the other way around," Nimmo said. "So I think we're getting the best of both worlds in that. I'm excited to see what he's gonna do."

Nimmo, who said he has spoken with Van Wagenen, cited his intelligence, but also seemed excited that the new GM had played the game before -- with Nimmo saying Van Wagenen was an injury shy of playing in the pros...

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Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets announced some roster moves on Friday, that included reinstating players like Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud back to the 40-man roster. 

With MLB free agency officially beginning, it is procedure that players on the 60-day DL this season get reinstated to the roster. Other than Cespedes and d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, T.J. Rivera, Eric Hanhold and Bobby Wahl were all placed on the roster that has been increased to 38 players. 

Also, INF Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, while LHP P.J. Conlon was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. 

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Brodie Van Wagenen has switched sides at the bargaining table, going from being an agent at CAA to the Mets' new GM. On Tuesday, Todd Frazier became the first of Van Wagenen's clients to weigh in on the switch.

"I've known him a very long time," Frazier told Matt Ehalt of The Record. "He is a great person who's also really smart and knows the game well. This is a great start for us going into the offseason."

Van Wagenen said during his introductory press conference on Tuesday that he had spoken to a number of his former clients about the move, and suggested they were happy about it...

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New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, right, responds to questions during a news conference to announce Brodie Van Wagenen as the Mets' new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, right, responds to questions during a news conference to announce Brodie Van Wagenen as the Mets' new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Van Wagenen Era in Mets history officially started earlier Tuesday afternoon and with roughly two weeks before the GM Meetings and six weeks before the Winter Meetings

During his introductory press conference, Brodie Van Wagenen could not have been more clear about his expectations for 2019.

"The goal is to win right now," he repeatedly said.

He did not, however, detail his plan to make that happen. To do so, he'll need to have a firm plan in place to address the following four issues to achieve his goal...

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It's impossible to un-hear something. So what does Brodie Van Wagenen, the powerful CAA agent, do with the information he doubtless holds on his high-level Mets clients now that he's pulled a career change and is becoming the team's new general manager.

That's just one of the questions facing the man whom the club has picked to lead its baseball operations. There's plenty to wonder about any new exec, including the biggest question: Can you build a consistent winner? But Van Wagenen's soon-to-be previous life as an agent brings additional queries, too. 

With that in mind, here are seven questions Van Wagenen should answer as he begins his Mets tenure. 

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Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes underwent surgery to remove bone calcification from his left heel on Friday, the team announced. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the procedure down in Charlotte, N.C.

Cespedes' surgery was originally supposed to occur on Oct. 23, but a scheduling conflict pushed it back a couple days. Despite the delay, the 32-year-old veteran is still expected to resume baseball activities in late February or early March. 

This was the second heel surgery for Cespedes, as Dr. Anderson performed the same surgery back on Aug. 2. Back in September, he said he felt "very good" and "even better than I was expecting" following the surgery. 

Cespedes was limited to 38 games this season, as other injuries like a right hip flexor strain held him out. He hit .262/.325/.496 with nine home runs and 29 RBI over that span. 

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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Sunday that he will undergo his second heel surgery on Oct. 23.

Cespedes, whose season ended July 20, said he will be able to begin baseball activity in late February, but will not be able to run until a later date. There is no clear timetable for his return next season.

"I think it's unpredictable given what will happen and I can't say I will play x, y, z amount of games," Cespedes said via an interpreter.

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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets had an offensive outburst on Wednesday against the Cubs, and Jose Reyes was a part of it. 

In four-run seventh inning, Reyes belted a 2-2 pitch to right-center field for a two-run triple.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit the franchise's longest home run in the Statcast era with a 472-foot homer in the second inning off Jon Lester in Tuesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will have surgery on his right heel on Thursday, which will be followed by surgery on his left heel in roughly two or three months.

With Cespedes' 2018 season over, his 2019 season may be impacted as well, with the expected recovery window at least eight-to-10 months.

"It's possible it will be longer than that," assistant GM John Ricco said last week. "It won't be shorter than that."

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino welcome former Mets executive and SNY contributor Adam Fisher to the show to discuss the Jeurys Familia deal, the prospect of trading Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, and the effect of Yoenis Cespedes' season-ending surgery.

Don't forget -- Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen...

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

The Mets placed Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day DL Tuesday and are awaiting the results of a second opinion on his heels from doctors before determining next steps.

The 32-year-old had an MRI on Monday and the team is awaiting a diagnosis on his heel issues -- something Cespedes said over the weekend could require surgery that would mean an eight-to-10 month recovery. Those statements initially took the Mets by surprise.

Assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that the Mets were trying to find out if the heel issues had progressed to the point where they're something that can't be managed with conservative treatment.

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John Ricco updates the media on Monday about the health of Yoenis Cespedes, and what lies ahead for the outfielder and the organization.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes had an MRI on Monday and the team is waiting for a diagnosis on his heel issues -- something Cespedes said over the weekend could require surgery and an eight-to-10 month recovery process.

Assistant GM John Ricco said the Mets are trying to find out if the heel issues have progressed to the point where they're something that can't be managed with conservative treatment.

"Part of the reason we have him being seen by these doctors is to give us more clarity," Ricco added, saying the team was aware of the heel issues when they traded for Cespedes and both times they re-signed him...

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes said Friday night that the root of his frequent leg pain is bone spurs on both heels and that they will eventually require surgery and an 8-to-10 month rehab program.

This was news to Mickey Callaway on Saturday morning, the manager said, though not news to assistant GM John Ricco, who said the Mets are aware of the heel pain, but unaware that Cespedes had been pushed to the brink of considering having surgery. 

The Mets have known since at least May that Cespedes has bone spurs. This is not news to them. It does, however, sound like it was news to them that he may need surgery, which he obviously discussed with someone because he knew the recovery time...

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John Ricco talks Cespedes 00:00:43
John Ricco addresses the health of Yoenis Cespedes, and whether or not there's a "disconnect" between team and player on his heel issues.

Mets assistant GM John Ricco addressed the situation with slugger Yoenis Cespedes, and how he is considering surgery to repair the calcification in his heels. 

Cespedes dropped a bomb after Friday's win over the Yankees, where he homered in his return to the lineup for the first time since May 14. The veteran outfielder said the root of his medical issues this season is from the heel ailment that has plagued him for years and that he was considering surgery, which would mean an 8-10 month recovery process. 

After returning Friday, Cespedes has been held out of the lineup two straight games, though he offered to DH on Sunday and was told no. 

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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will see a foot specialist and undergo an MRI next week, the Mets announced. Cespedes was not in the lineup Saturday and is unlikely to play on Sunday for the second consecutive day after returning from the DL on Friday. 

After his return Friday night, Cespedes revealed that he will likely need heel surgery at some point, as calcification in both heels is the root of his other leg injuries.

"I've realized that the cause of my problems are my heels," he said through an interpreter in his postgame interview on Friday. "Because when I feel some pain in my heels, I started to modify my walking way, my running way, or even my standing. That's the main reason why I'm having these problems in my legs."

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After the Mets beat the Yankees on Friday night in Yoenis Cespedes' return, the slugger dropped a bombshell: He will need surgery on both of his heels at some point and the recovery time is 8-10 months.

Cespedes is not in the lineup Saturday and manager Mickey Callaway said he was unaware of Cespedes' comments from the night prior. 

"I'm not quite exactly sure what he said," Callaway said Saturday prior to the Mets game against the Yankees. "I just know he came in pretty sore today."

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

One day after returning from the DL, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is not in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees. Asdrubal Cabrera starts at DH instead.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that Cespedes came in 'pretty sore' on Saturday and might be available off the bench.

Cespedes revealed after Friday's win against the Yankees that he will likely need heel surgery at some point, as his heels are the root of his other leg injuries.

"I've realized that the cause of my problems are my heels," he said through an interpreter in his postgame interview...

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Cespedes could miss 8-10 months 00:00:33
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes talks about his recent injury issues after returning from the disabled list.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes made his comeback to the lineup on Friday night in the Bronx, and everything about his return went great. He hit a homer and finished 2-for-4 in the win. 

But his night wasn't all smiles after all.

Cespedes told reporters that the root of all his medical issues this season is in fact calcification in both heels. The veteran outfielder added that surgery is the only way to fix this issue, and the the expected recovery time is 8-10 months. 

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Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Coming back from the All-Star break, the Mets began their second half with a Subway Series rematch with the Yankees, this time on the road. And they were the ones to strike first in this one. 

It was Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera who stayed on a 1-2 curveball and laced it down the right-field line to score Brandon Nimmo

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the injury status of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The Mets will be "proactive" with Yoenis Cespedes, who was activated from the DL on Friday, and manager Mickey Callaway said to not be surprised if Cespedes is a late scratch from the lineup from time-to-time.

The reason, according to Callaway, is that Cespedes has a new pregame routine, and there might be certain days where the team doesn't think he's in the best spot to stay healthy throughout the game.

The Cespedes at first base experiment also might be on, with Callaway saying he could see some time there -- though he added Cespedes still has some work to do to get fully comfortable at the position...

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Do the Mets need to acquire a first baseman this winter? Or, do they have enough internal options to make the position work in 2019?

Justin Smoak, Matt Adams, Marwin Gonzalez, and Logan Morrison are expected to be the top first basemen available on the free agent market this winter. It's too early to know if anyone better will be available and more affordable in trade.

That said, the Mets have at least five internal options worth considering, though no one candidate is perfect given the team's need to improve its fielding and power at the plate...

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yoenis Cespedes (hip/heel) played nine innings at first base in a rehab game on Wednesday after playing games in the outfield earlier in the week, and will likely be activated on Friday night against the Yankees, reports SNY's Andy Martino, with Dominic Smith likely optioned to the minors to make room.

Cespedes had participated in game action Monday for the first time in over two months, and he made the most of it, hitting two homers, singling, and walked during seven plate appearances.

Mickey Callaway said this past weekend that Cespedes may return as a DH since the series against the Yankees is in the Bronx.

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip/heel) played seven innings in left field on Tuesday for the GCL Mets as he continued his rehab assignment.

He went 1-for-4 with a single and had one putout.

Cespedes had participated in game action Monday for the first time in over two months, and he made the most of it, hitting two homers, singling, and walked during seven plate appearances while making two putouts in the outfield. 

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) doubles in two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) doubles in two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip/heel) participated in game action Monday for the first time in over two months, and he made the most of it.

Playing five innings in left field in a simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Cespedes hit two homers, singled, and walked during his seven plate appearances while making two putouts in the outfield. 

Mickey Callaway said this past weekend that Cespedes may return as a DH for the team's series against the Yankees in the Bronx that begins on Friday. 

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will play in a simulated game in St. Lucie on Monday.

Cespedes, who last played in the Majors on May 13, is slated to play five innings in left field.

Mickey Callaway said that on Saturday that Cespedes may even return as a DH for the team's series against the Yankees in the Bronx next weekend. 

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes ran on Thursday and will do so again on Friday before potentially moving on to the next step toward his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Cespedes, who has been out since May 14 while dealing with hip/groin/heel issues, has also been practicing at first base, though Callaway said the expectation is that he'll return as a left fielder. 

The 32-year-old Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton in June before suffering a setback, with the Mets later classifying his health issue as chronic. 

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I don't care if the next GM of the Mets has or doesn't have an MBA. I don't care if he or she did or didn't go to an Ivy League school. I don't care if they're young or old, from the organization or not. I don't care if they did or didn't play baseball. He or she doesn't need to be an expert in statistical and evidence-based analysis and evaluations. And, they don't need to be from New York...

My only requirement is that he or she understands and is willing to meet the demands of the market and fans, that they are open to ideas and 100 percent down for making big moves.

Most important, they need to able to be creative and adaptable enough so he or she can do the above over and over and over again until the team is a perennial postseason team in position to win the World Series every season. To hear me explain this in more detail, as well as discuss why I'm all for Yoenis Cespedes trying to play 1B, how I was so wrong about Brandon Nimmo, and whether Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer should start next week's All Star Game, click play below...

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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes has been practicting at first base at the Mets' facility in St. Lucie as he continues to work his way back from a hip flexor/quad injury, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Cespedes has been taking ground balls at first base in addition to fly balls in the outfield, according to Sherman. Sources told Sherman that it was Cespedes' idea to try playing first base and that he believes playing at least some first base could alleviate strain on his legs

Assistant GM John Ricco said "there is a chance" Cespedes could play first base this season, even though he would prefer if he could have an entire spring training to prepare.

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Nimmo, Bruce, Frazier, McNeil and Alonso, Cespedes. Credit: USA Today Images
Nimmo, Bruce, Frazier, McNeil and Alonso, Cespedes. Credit: USA Today Images

The Mets have scored the fewest runs in the National League since May 1, which encompasses roughly 70 percent of the season. They also have the league's worst record during that time, 19-42, which is eight fewer wins than their NL East rival Marlins.

To make matters worse, they Mets have the fifth-worst run differential in all of baseball.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |  On Friday afternoon, Mets executive John Ricco said that Yoenis Cespedes has been dealing with a heel injury since he was about 13 years old, and termed the condition potentially "chronic."

That was initially surprising, because former GM Sandy Alderson spoke recently about Cespedes' "chronic" hip issues.

"My understanding is this hip flexor thing is somewhat chronic," Alderson said last month. "It's something that has to be managed."

So which is it? Frankly, a chronic hip issue seems more serious than a heel injury.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes ran at 75 percent on Monday as he resumed his running progression, with the soreness in his hip flexor/quad gone, Mets managery Mickey Callaway said.

"All went really well," according to Callaway.

Cespedes, who has been out since May 14, is still not cleared for baseball activity and is still not close to returning. 

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It's a question that would've seemed insane two months ago, but is now legitimate. Who returns to the Mets first: David Wright or Yoenis Cespedes?

Wright has not played in a game since 2016 due to chronic spinal stenosis and other issues, and his potential comeback was viewed as a longshot before the season began. But he resumed his rehab at the end of May and has advanced to full-bore baseball activity, taking batting practice and grounders multiple times last week. 

Meanwhile, Cespedes has been out since the middle of May, is dealing with a chronic hip issue, and will not be cleared to do anything but physical therapy until he is symptom-free.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes -- rehabbing his groin/hip issue -- was supposed to be with the team in Miami for the beginning of their series on Friday night, but those plans changed.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that change was made because the Mets didn't want to disrupt Cespedes' rehab by having him with the Mets instead of St. Lucie.

Cespedes is doing nothing but physical therapy at this point, so it's not clear exactly what the Mets would be interrupting by having him with their training staff and around his teammates instead of the staff in St. Lucie.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad), who was expected to potentially ramp up his activity earlier this week, may do so this coming Monday or Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

But the Mets said there would be no running or baseball activities for Cespedes until he's symptom-free.

"I'm hopeful that it's gonna be relatively soon," Alderson said. "Once you recognize that there's a lingering issue -- possibly chronic -- you have to deal with it."

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Despite not being on the All-Star ballot, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he would be open to the idea of competing in the Home Run Derby.

"I'm intrigued by it for sure," Nimmo said, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. "It would be a really cool experience. There will be other factors, how I'm feeling at that point. So much can happen in a month. I think it's going to go more into how I'm feeling, but heck, it's an honor to even be asked that question."

A year ago, Nimmo hit just five home runs in 69 games; he has more than doubled that in six fewer games in 2018.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) "checked out well" during physical therapy on Monday and may ramp up his activity on Tuesday, but is not yet cleared for baseball activity, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton last week before suffering a setback.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been out since May 14, when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor -- an issue that GM Sandy Alderson recently suggested was chronic.  

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was "strongly considering" an offer from the Houston Astros before he re-signed with the Mets in November of 2016, which was one of the reasons why the Mets offered him a no-trade clause, reports John Harper of the New York Daily News.

Cespedes, who ultimately signed a four-year, $110 million contract, had a priority list consisting of three main factors, according to the report: He wanted to play with a contender; he sought a no-trade clause; and wanted to train near his ranch in Florida.

Furthermore, Cespedes did not enjoy playing for then-manager Terry Collins -- and that was said said to be a significant factor. 

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) is still dealing with soreness and will not start his rehab again until Monday, reports Tim Healy of Newsday.

Cespedes, who played rehab games with Double-A Binghamton last week before suffering a setback, has not restarted any baseball activities.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 16 when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor.

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are 4-16 since May 22, during which they've become the first team in modern history to score fewer than 15 runs during an 11-game stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Interestingly, the Nationals, Marlins, and Phillies immediately follow the Mets on the list of worst-scoring teams during the last three weeks...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes walks back to the dugout after an at-bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes walks back to the dugout after an at-bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes doesn't have a specific timetable to return to the team, GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday during a conference call with the media. 

Cespedes had to leave his rehab game with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday after feeling tightnees in his right quad. The Mets sent him back to Port St. Lucie to resume his rehab after sustaining the setback.

Cespedes, who has been on the DL with a right hip flexor strain since May 14, is still feeling soreness with that injury too. That is why Alderson can't give a specific date as to when the Mets can get one of their big bats back in the lineup...

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

The Mets will send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Port St. Lucie, Florida, to resume his rehab after he left Saturday's rehab game with tightness in his right quad, manager Mickey Callaway said on Sunday.

Cespedes, who has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a right hip flexor strain, left Saturday's game with Double-A Binghamton in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his right quad.

Callaway said the team does not have a timetable for Cespedes to return to the majors.

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The Baseball Night in New York crew joins GEICO SportsNite and discusses Yoenis Cespedes' rehab progression.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was very blunt when addressing the media after his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

The All-Star slugger admitted he isn't sure his power bat returning to the Mets' struggling lineup will help the team bust out of its slump.

"For the way the team is playing right now, even if I'm doing very well, if the team remains playing this way, I don't think it's going to help, but I'm eager to get back," he said through an interpreter. 

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will DH in a rehab game with Double-A Binghamton in Trenton on Friday night, and play the field on Saturday.

Cespedes was running on the field at Citi Field earlier on Friday, including sprints from second base to home plate. The 32-year-old Cespedes has been progressing in his return from a right hip flexor. 

The length of Cespedes' rehab assignment is not yet known. 

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