The saying goes that: "When the river sounds, water carries." According to sources from Joel Sherman and Mike Puma of The New York Times, Yoenis Céspedes was very "frustrated" with the Mets before making the decision to leave the team and choose not to play the remainder of the 2020 season.
ICYMI https://t.co/f6Y7LnNyT3… With @NYPost_Mets— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 3, 2020
Cespedes told the #Mets thru agent he left for Covid-19 reasons, but also twice already this yr he had confronted team officials to ask if he was being benched to keep him from reaching his bonus provisions.
Even, it is reported that the Cuban faced manager Luis Rojas first and then general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, whom he questioned about his playing time on the field, because according to Céspedes, he is convinced that in the two games that he did not appear In the headline lineup, it was because the board wants to prevent him from reaching lucrative performance bonds.
According to sources, when Luis Rojas informed his players through Zoom of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, when Yoenis realized that his name did not stand out, he chose not to get on the bus that would transport the team. from the hotel to the Braves stadium.
After several hours without knowing the whereabouts of the Cuban outfielder, it emerged that the player had decided not to play more baseball this year, supposedly for fear of the coronavirus, a version that was also endorsed by a friend of the Antillean. However, according to reports, Céspedes is more concerned with his playing time and bonuses than anything else.
In eight games and 34 hitting box appearances, Cespedes hit a .161 average, hit 2 home runs, produced 4 runs, but struck out 15 times. It should be noted that the ranger will become a free agent once the 2020 campaign ends, so surely Saturday's game against the Braves was his last in the Metropolitans uniform.