A few weeks ago I wrote a piece strongly suggesting the New York Mets should sue outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for breach of contract due to his inability to play.
It is my belief that Cespedes, although a gifted athlete when he plays, is a dishonest character who would rather collect millions from the Mets than earn it on the field.
Cespedes knows that the Mets are a very poorly run team with a dimwitted owner, Jeff Wilpon, at the helm. In 2017 the Mets signed him to a four year 110 million dollar contract. All of a sudden after signing for the big money, he can't seem to stay on the field.
Prior to his big pay day:
In 2012 he played in 129 games
2013 he played in 135 games
2014 he played in 152 games
2015 he played in 159 games
But, 2016 after playing his first full season for the Mets he dipped to only 132 games .
In 2017 he played in 81 games at a salary of $22.5 million
2018 he's played in only 32 games at a salary of $29 million. In 2019 and 2020 he's due to get $29 million and 29.5 million respectively.
Yesterday, Cespedes announced that he needs surgery for both his heelsand It requires an 8 to 10 months of recovery. If he had the surgery today, it would barely make him ready for the 2019 season.
This guy is living on welfare, not baseball!
If I ran the Mets, I would've hauled him to court weeks ago for breach of contract and let him prove he's actually hurt. And if he's indeed chronically inured, then I would argue that he signed a contract in bad faith refusing to disclose a chronic condition that keeps him from playing. That's what a professionally run organization would do. Unfortunately, that's not the Mets.