Yankees, Marlins Divided On Yoenis Cespedes

There is divide in both the Yankees' and Marlins' front offices on whether to pursue Yoenis Cespedes, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Knobler says the two clubs, along with the Red Sox, may not be as heavily involved in the bidding for the Cuban outfielder as expected.

While there have been conflicting reports on the Yankees' interest in Cespedes, the Marlins are regarded by some teams as the favorite for the 26-year-old, as Knobler wrote earlier this week. According to Knobler, however, Cespedes has told people he plans to make his permanent home in the Dominican Republic rather than Miami, and may prefer to play for a team besides the Fish. Some people within the Yankees' organization, meanwhile, view Cespedes as too raw to justify the price tag, and favor a modest bid that will likely not be enough to land him.

Even with Cespedes moving closer to establishing residency in the Dominican, it doesn't appear he'll officially become a free agent until sometime in January.


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85 Comments on "Yankees, Marlins Divided On Yoenis Cespedes"


joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

Yanks, Sox and Marlins may all be out? Time to take out my pipe and dream about the Rays going for him. He can play RF and Joyce can DH. Oh god, JUST DO IT FRIEDMAN, I will pay you back, 100 bucks a month for the rest of my life.

3 years 8 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing. I’d love for them to pick him up!

wcg1380
3 years 8 months ago

Yuniesky Betancourt was brought in to make Yoenis’ transition to Kansas City easier… they both speak Cuban

3 years 8 months ago

hahaha speak cuban? u mean spanish right?

wcg1380
3 years 8 months ago

Cuban can’t be the same as Spanish or then giving Yunitard $2M makes no sense at all!

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

 stop speaking american!

d32123
3 years 8 months ago

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I get your humor, dude!

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

anyone else think the cardinals should go for him? i mean then we’ll have an outfield on beltran cespedes holliday, then they can start trade talks with craig and jay for prado

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t be against going after him but we might as well forget about it.  It’s not going to happen.

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

unfortunately i agree with that, it won’t happen, just maybe wishful thinking and hoping that could be the organizations gift to the fans haha

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

We’ll I’d be for the Cards signing him and trading for Craig. I seem to love any possible 1B option. Hey, you guys willing to trade Matt Adams?

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

not really, hes our man when berkman retires, hoping he can continue his success in the big leagues, and are you saying your team trades for craig? hes much more of an outfielder than 1b

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

Absolutely. You guys willing to trade Matt Moore?

Edit: That was sarcasm before someone gives me a whole paragraph about how Moore has more value than Adams.

3 years 8 months ago

yeah but then if you trade craig and jay for prado, youll still have 4 outfielders with too big of contracts to have one sitting on the bench. Prado can’t play third because of Freese.

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

no we wouldn’t, prado would be used at second base

3 years 8 months ago

oh yeah, i forgot prado also played every other position including hot dog vendor. it could happen, but its a long shot.

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

oh yes, very long shot, and we were thinking of using him more as a beer man then hot dog vendor

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

“4 outfielders with too big of contracts to have one sitting on the bench”

Cespedes, Holliday, and Beltran. That’s 3 outfielders.  Prado’s best fit is at 2nd.  That’s where he has the most value IMO.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

Whitesox possibility getting stronger and stronger

3 years 8 months ago

KW loves cubans, Dayan in right Cespedes in left

cachhubguy
3 years 8 months ago

They get him cigars.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

it all turns on his defense, in my mind. he looks like a guy with 25 HR power (maybe more) and good speed, but hardly any plate discipline. his OBPs will not impress, but if he’s an average or better defensive centerfielder, he will be quite valuable (a better version of adam jones)

any team that wants to play him in RF should be really wary. unless he has great defense out there, he might not be anything special (a better version of melky cabrera)

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Welcome to Detroit Mr. Cespedes.

Civilization
3 years 8 months ago

Why do so many Detroit fans have such a hard on for this kid? The price tag is going to be bad for a guy who really is an unknown quality. I just don’t get the unbridled interest that Detroit fans seem to have for this kid in mass. 

3 years 8 months ago

I thought the White Sox were the top team pursuing Cespedes?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Where’d you hear that?

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

There was a writer who wrote that the sox were strong on him. It’s actually on this site some where from a few days ago. What makes you think he is going to Detroit?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

There is a HUGE difference between being the front runner, as Shawn stated, and being strong on him.

I think that Detroit has a good shot at getting him because they have a need for him, have an owner who is willing to spend on him (White Sox don’t. They are looking to cut payroll.) and have shown a lot of interest in him.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

Kenny Williams has never said anything about cutting payroll neither and reinsdorf. With peavy and aj gone next season thats close to 30 million off the books along with a probable trade of Floyd, Thornton, Quentin and rios( even eating all but 2 mill a year is saving money) there is your payroll cutting right there while still being able to sign cepedes. I do agree the tigers have a shot but they have a crowded outfield as is and no room at dh. I would say the tiger have just as good of a shot as the sox. Neither truly needs him but both could use. The only edge the sox have is having two of his teammates from the Cuban national team in alexi and vicedio already locked up that could sway him because he might be more comfortable with guys he knows on the team

Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

There’s already have been 2 scouts who have said he will probably be going to the Tigers. If you want me to direct you to the article, I will. I know it might not mean anything, but the Tigers look to have the best shot right now.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

Could you I would like to read it. Also it does not matter what a scout says it’s all about agents and execs

Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

The article is titled “Tigers Emerge as Front-runner for Cespedes” and it’s on Tigers Scout. But do you really think the White Sox are really in this? I think they’re trying to raise the price for the Tigers.

jason helth
3 years 8 months ago

absolutely the white sox are in on him… the tigers wont get him… keep dreaming on..

cespedes played with both viciedo and ramirez in cuba… as long as the white sox make a competitive offer, they win… sorry detroit, you wont get him.

i’m not a white sox fan either, just an fyi.

Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, okay. That’s 100% speculation. I’m not saying the Tigers get him, but I highly doubt the Sox will get him.

jason helth
3 years 8 months ago

ok

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Trolololol.

Aj
3 years 8 months ago

Y dont the rangers get him and move Josh Hamilton to left field?!?!

The_Unnatural
3 years 8 months ago

They’re trying to keep Hamilton away fom the white lines.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

Low blow, funny but wrong.

CircusFresh
3 years 8 months ago

Anyone know how good this guy really is?  Or is this just a crap shoot hoping for a positive ending?

Only time I ever saw this kid play was in the WBC against Australia.  He seemed very talented, but it was 2008 and he was going up against Australian pitching which was not MLB caliber.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

if he were 20 or even 22, he’d be a top 5 prospect. he’s 26, though, so flashy tools don’t mean as much. he doesn’t have strong on-base skills, so teams are probably very wary of his transition to MLB pitching

CircusFresh
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks.

3 years 8 months ago

26*

Muggi
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly. Scouts estimate Cuban baseball as roughly comparable to high-A ball in terms of competition so…he’s basically 3-4yrs behind a standard minors->MLB progression schedule.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

The highlight video that was provided to attract attention to him wasn’t anything spectacular. Seems like hes just trying to get that big day really. But who knows maybe he will be a great player. I wouldn’t take my chances on him if I was a gm though. Too much money, he may actually be 36 and not 26, and it seems like they are trying hard to sell him. 

Mo_GOAT
3 years 8 months ago

When i see the name Cespedes i think of Centipedes

3 years 8 months ago

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Tigers94
3 years 8 months ago

whats wresting?

cody2818
3 years 8 months ago

i dont understand why he wouldnt want to live in miami (if he plays for the marlins or not) because it basically cuba jr. just without fidel castro.

East Coast Bias
3 years 8 months ago

The Yankees and Marlins switched identities this offseason.

Mo_GOAT
3 years 8 months ago

When i see the name Cespedes i think of centipedes

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Where have I heard this before….?

/looks 3 comments up

Ahhh, yes.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 8 months ago

Torrealba hit an umpire in the face after striking out in the Venezuelan winter league.

Slopeboy
3 years 8 months ago

That’s about all he can hit.

d32123
3 years 8 months ago

Yanks should stay away from this guy, imo.  Saying this as a Yankee fan.  Our outfield is fine. 

Steven
3 years 8 months ago

Trade swisher and sign Cesepedes

3 years 8 months ago

I wonder if Cespedes can play in winter league in DR? 

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe this means the a’s can swoop in as a darkhorse team haha..ha ha….sigh

Sylow59
3 years 8 months ago

The MArlins

1) sign Bell

2) sign Reyes, heavy backloaded

3) which POs Hanley.  

4) They sign a good, not great, starter in Burhle to a heavy backloaded contract

5) Wilson and Pujols take a whole lot less not to go to the Marlins

6) They do not pursue anyone else

7) in an area with a large Cuban population they may not pursue Cespedes

8) there’s that pesky investigation

Is it me, or is the Reyes / Marlins deal going to be a disaster of epic proportions?

East Coast Bias
3 years 8 months ago

Reyes is one of the most dynamic players the game has right now. If he’s on the field, he’ll be worth it. Even if he misses a few games each year, he’ll be worth it.

Tulo played 143 and 122 last year and the year before, respectively.
Hanley, 92 and 142, same time.
Reyes has 126 and 133.

Tulo – 265
Hanley – 234
Reyes – 259

It’s not as bad as people make it out to be.

3 years 8 months ago

The problem is he usually misses a lot more than a few games. If he’s healthy, he’s one of the best in the game. We’ll just have to wait and see.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

I highly doubt the marlins actually offered Albert more money than the angles…