Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes expected to return Friday

Having missed the past two-plus months with a right hip flexor, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is slated to be activated from the disabled list and make his return to the diamond Friday evening against the cross-town rival New York Yankees.

Playing in an American League park, Cespedes will be afforded the ability to avoid the field as a designated hitter throughout this series.

While the former All-Star’s return isn’t huge news for a downtrodden Mets team, it could very well shake up the MLB trade market heading into the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Cespedes, 32, has played in all of 118 games since the start of the 2017 season. Prior to that, he roped 31 homers and drove in 86 runs back in 2016.

Given that Cespedes’ contract will pay him $58.5 million over the next two seasons, the Mets won’t be able to move him without eating a nice portion of that salary. Even then, he becomes an intriguing trade option should the two-time All-Star show himself to be at full health.