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Yoenis Céspedes Milanés, nicknamed La Potencia, is a Cuban-born professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on March 28, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics, and has actually also played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Primarily a left fielder in his early career, he has split between left and center field since signing up with the Mets. A right-hand batter and thrower, he stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.
From Campechuela, Cuba, Céspedes played eight seasons until 2010 for the Alazanes de Granma in the Cuban National Series. In that time, he batted.319, .404 on-base percentage (OBP), .565 slugging percentage (SLG), 169 home runs and 557 runs batted in (RBI) over 528 games. He was also a member of the Cuba national team, winning gold medals in 3 tournaments. In MLB, he won the Home Run Derby in both 2013 and 2014. He is a two-time All-Star, and in 2015, played in his first World Series as member of the National League champ Mets.
After Céspedes defected from Cuba in the summer of 2011, he established residency in the U.S. in January 2012, bypassing the MLB draft and becoming an unrestricted free agent. Céspedes was thought about a five-tool outfielder entering into free agency. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus stated Céspedes “perhaps the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation.”
On January 26, 2016, Céspedes re-signed with the Mets on a three-year, $75 million contract, with an opt-out after the first season. On April 26, Céspedes came off the bench against the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th inning and hit a first-pitch pinch-hit three-run homer to tie the game at 3. He had previously remained the last couple of games due to a lingering leg injury. The Mets ultimately won 4-3. His 466 feet home run against the Chicago Cubs on June 30 tied for the longest in Citi Field history.
On July 5, Céspedes was named to the National League roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park, joining teammates Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colón, Jeurys Familia and Mets manager Terry Collins, however was later removed the lineup together with Syndergaard due to an injury. In August 2016, Céspedes was slammed for golfing while on the disabled list.
Céspedes opted out of his contract with the Mets on November 3, 2016. The Mets then signed him to a four-year contract worth $110 million, with a no-trade clause on November 30, 2016, the highest contract in Mets history.
On April 11, Céspedes hit three home runs in a single game as the Mets won 14-4 over the Phillies. On April 27, Cespedes left the game after pulling his left hamstring, and on the same day, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list.