Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes failed to show up on Sunday for a game in Atlanta. Where the team was playing the Braves, Brodie Van Wagenen, the general manager, announced on Sunday afternoon.
“He, Yoenis Cespedes, did not reach out to management with an explanation for his absence”. The general manager said in a statement released by the team shortly after the game started. Van Wagenen represented Cespedes when he was an agent. “Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.”
The Mets (3-6) entered Sunday’s game on a four-game losing streak and in last place in the National League East.
For the majority of the last two seasons, the Mets have missed the power-hitting of Yoenis Cespedes, their highly paid outfielder.
The list of reasons for his absences ranged from undergoing surgery on both heels during one off-season to injuring his right ankle during a fall at his Florida ranch during his rehabilitation.
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Yoenis Cespedes, 34, made an immediate impact this season. As the designated hitter in the season opener when he stroked a home run to propel the Mets over the Braves, 1-0. It was his first home run since his previous major league game, on July 20, 2018.
But he has struggled since, posting a batting average of .161 through eight games.
On Saturday, he struck out twice and was 0 for 4 as the Mets lost, 7-1.
The Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers just before the trade deadline in 2015 and rode his bat to the World Series. That off-season, he signed a three-year contract worth $75 million to remain a Met. He exercised his opt-out clause the next winter after hitting 31 home runs and 86 R.B.I.
Yoenis Cespedes was viewed at the perfect complement to Pete Alonso, the reigning rookie of the year in the National League. As well as Jeff McNeil, a utility fielder who emerged as the team’s most consistent hitter last season during Cespedes’s absence.
Earlier Sunday, the Mets traded the right-hander Jordan Humphreys to the Giants for Billy Hamilton, a defensive-minded outfielder.