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Yoenis Cespedes' comments the latest in Mets embarrasment

The oft-injured Mets slugger found himself in hot water after saying he wanted to finish his career with the Oakland Athletics.
Yoenis Cespedes gushed about his former team, the Oakland Athletics, when they showed up to Queens for a weekend series against the Mets. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dysfunctionality has become so commonplace during the New York Mets' 2017 season that nothing should really come as a surprise anymore.

Yoenis Cespedes, who has had a miserable season by his standards thanks to injuries, was the latest to try the patience of those around the organization with comments made to the San Francisco Chronicle prior to the Mets' series against the Oakland Athletics. 

"I still love the A's. They were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues. I love Oakland all the time... I told [Mets reliever Jerry] Blevins, 'I don't know how many years I'm going to play, but I'm going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.' I don't know if that's possible or not, but that's my goal."

He also went on to say that Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been "the best manager for me so far."

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Nothing like showing confidence in your own team and manager after signing a four-year, $110 million contract over the winter, which has locked Cespedes up in Mets' pinstripes until he is 35 years old. 

Cespedes spent the first two-plus seasons of his career with the Athletics after defecting from Cuba. He hit 66 home runs in 365 games with the team before he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline in 2014.

After short stints in Boston and with the Detroit Tigers, Cespedes arrived in New York at the 2015 deadline where his career reached new heights. He answered a 35-home run 2015 campaign that ended with a trip to the World Series with 31 home runs and a second-career All-Star Game appearance. 

But this season has been a nightmare for the 31-year-old, who has constantly battled hamstring injuries due to the ineptitude of the Mets' training staff. Missing 45 of his team's first 95 games of the season, Cespedes has just nine home runs and 22 RBI. 

During such a difficult season, it's concerning to hear him talk about playing for other teams given his importance to the Mets' immediate future, though he did backtrack after Friday night's game that New York was his home and the Mets are his team. 

Regardless, this is just another embarrassing storyline for an organization that has been humiliated time and time again this season.

 
 
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