Yoenis Cespedes Boldly Claims He’ll Hit More Than 40 Homers in 2020

New York Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
New York Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has high expectations for himself in 2020, especially when one considers he sat out the entire 2019 campaign due to injury.

Cespedes made a guarantee to ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez that he is going to hit at least 40 home runs during the 2020 season, going as to far as to say he could hit 52 bombs, which is his jersey number.

Cespedes is banking on a healthy 2020 campaign, and he also has high expectations for himself in terms of his ability to stay on the field, as he's vying to suit up for more than 140 games in the upcoming campaign.

The timing of his resurgence would be excellent considering he is scheduled to become a free agent after 2020, and the Mets just restructured his contract to save $10 million.

Health will be key for Cespedes this season. The slugger has featured in a grand total of 119 games over the last three years. The last time he played 140 games in a season came back in 2015 when he played in 159 games, split between the Mets and Tigers.

As for his quest to hit 40 home runs, even a more youthful Cespedes was unable to achieve that feat, topping out at 35 long balls back in 2015.

Still, if he's as healthy as he's expecting to be, he could end up turning in a solid season. Cespedes will be playing for a new contract and doing everything in his power to keep his major-league career going.