PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is due to arrive at New York Mets camp on Sunday. That is three days ahead of the official report date for position players. And manager Terry Collins suggested Cespedes' early arrival speaks volumes about Cespedes as well as the team's positive clubhouse culture.
"Our clubhouse is part of how good we are," Collins said. "The guys get along with each other. They like each other. They root for each other. And to have 'Ces' here just shows you he wants to be a part of it. He said he loved the clubhouse. He loved the atmosphere. Well, he needs to be a part of it. And now he's coming in to be a part of it. And I think that will send a huge message to the other guys that, hey, look, he's not just talking. He's for real. I think it will be great to have him here. I think it will be a big push and a big plus to everybody in the clubhouse."