Athletics

Yoenis Céspedes misses Mets game, opts out of 2020 MLB season, GM says

Athletics

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 season, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced on Sunday.

Céspedes, who spent three seasons with the A's, did not report to Truist Park prior to the team’s game Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. He also was not there by the time the game began at the scheduled 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch.

When he didn't show up to the park, the Mets sent security to Céspedes' room where they found it empty, according to Van Wagenen. His belongings had been gone, and through his agent informed the team he would be opting out of the season. 

Van Wagenen told reporters the Mets did not have any sense that the two-time All-Star was considering an opt-out.

"We will support him in that decision," Van Wagenen said. "It was surprising, without question."

Céspedes spent three seasons with the A's (2012-14) where he slashed .262/.318/.470 with 66 home runs.

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