News: 3 days agoCespedes (ankle) played one inning in left field during Sunday's simulated game, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports.
Spin: He was also one of the few batters to make any kind of solid contact against Jacob deGrom, though Cespedes didn't appear to be moving around at full speed on the bases or in the field. Cespedes will probably see most of his playing time this season as the Mets' designated hitter, but if he proves capable of handling defensive duties as well it gives the team another route to getting his bat in the lineup.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: The Mets and Cespedes came to an agreement on a contract restructuring during the offseason, in the hopes of putting behind them the outfielder's injury woes which included, most notably, his fracturing his ankle on an incident at his ranch which inspired several wild stories. He'll not only be trying to prove his health during spring training, but also that he's capable of locking down a regular spot with the Mets, two significant hurdles to clear. That the Mets have a designated hitter spot in which to stash him, however, does boost his appeal as an NL-only late rounder.