4 December 2020

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Cespedes Abruptly Opts-Out of 2020 Season

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    On Sunday when the Mets prepared to face the Braves in Atlanta, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was nowhere to be found. The Mets attempted to contact Cespedes, but got no reply. With fans and the organization worried, hours later Cespedes reveals he will be opting out of the 2020 season.

    The Mets were not informed of the news and were expecting Cespedes at the game to try and help the team break their 4-game losing streak. Brandon Nimmo claims he and other teammates believed Cespedes’ agent reached out to the Mets before the game. 

The situation seems to be more than confusing to fans, with players supposedly hearing that Cespedes’ agent reached out prior to the game, but the organization claiming to be left in the dark. His reason for the opt-out is about the virus, which is becoming a serious problem in the league. The Miami Marlins, division rivals, have a major outbreak amongst their team along with the St. Louis Cardinals. By opting-out Cespedes will not receive his 2020 salary, and his time with the Mets is more than likely up being in the last year of his deal.

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