As the New York Mets prepare for what they hope is a contending turn in 2020, they're assessing injuries and the remaining vacancies on the 60-man player pool. On that note: general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters he's "optimistic" that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will play at some point in the condensed 2020 season.
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Michael Conforto, who's been a solidly underrated producer over his career, is all systems go, and Jed Lowrie, who's recovering from major knee problems, figures to be a valuable reserve infielder. Cespedes, Conforto, and Lowrie were all on the Mets' initial 60-man player pool.
Elsewhere, the Mets on Monday announced the signings of infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Melky Cabrera. Both have been added to the player pool. The 33-year-old Beckham hasn't been an adequate hitter for several years, but he does have the ability to play all four infield positions. Cabrera, who turns 36 in August, is a switch-hitter with an OPS+ of 97 over the last three seasons. He can play the outfield corners.
Spots remain on the Mets' player pool list, and that brings us to minor-league outfielder Tim Tebow. According to Anthony DiComo, Tebow is under consideration for one of those remaining spots. The 32-year-old Tebow owns a slash line of .223/.299/.338 across parts of three minor-league seasons with 18 home runs in 287 games. Last season at Triple-A, Tebow put up an OPS of .495 in 77 games.