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Mets designate Darrell Ceciliani for assignment

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Yoenis Cespedes.

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The Mets have designated Darrell Ceciliani for assignment to make room for the recently re-signed Yoenis Cespedes. Recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in May last year, Ceciliani appeared in 39 games with the big league club before he was demoted in July.

Ceciliani was originally promoted to take Kirk Nieuwenhuis's roster spot as the club's fourth outfielder. Over-matched by major league pitching, Ceciliani hit just .206/.270/.279 in 75 plate appearances. Lineups featuring Ceciliani hitting fifth—and John Mayberry Jr. hitting cleanup—highlighted the Mets' offensive inadequacy during the middle of the season. In September, the Mets recalled Ceciliani and immediately placed him on the 60-day disabled list, which opened up a spot on the 40-man roster for veteran pitcher Tim Stauffer.

The Mets' 40-man roster for the upcoming season appears to have taken shape over the last week, with the team cutting Ceciliani and Carlos Torres, paving the way for Cespedes and Antonio Bastardo to be added to it.