Cespedes Gains Residency In Dominican Republic

Yoenis Cespedes has gained residency in the Dominican Republic according to agent Edgar Mercedes, reports MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The outfielder is now waiting to be declared a free agent by MLB.

The 26-year-old Cespedes went 5-for-35 with no walks and ten strikeouts in winter ball this month, and won't play again according to Baseball America's Ben Badler (on Twitter). Yesterday we heard that the Cubs, Marlins, and Tigers are the teams most actively targeting him, though the Prince Fielder signing presumably takes Detroit out of the running.


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Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

Today is a good day, pointless headline 1 and pointless headline 2 are gone!!! (Cespedes and Fielder) NOW BRING ON THE CRAP ABOUT E-JAX BEING WORTH 17MIL

Josh Gedert
3 years 7 months ago

What headline amuses you?

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

the interesting ones, “Fielder to Tigers” instead of “Fielder won’t sign today”, the “pineda for Montero” headlines, the action headlines…

Paul Shailor
3 years 7 months ago

Yea now we can get more of the “Red Sox panicking and looking for everyone while realizing they have no cap room”

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

as they put up the best record in baseball for 4 months of the year…

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

…because that’s what every team strives for, to be the absolute best for 66% of the season.

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

Lackey’s out for the year, that solves 32 losses

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

Of course, because the guy who replaces him will magically win every single one of those games.

Paul Shailor
3 years 7 months ago

Of course they will Jason! You are talking to red sox fanboys!

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

i didn’t say that, but i’m pretty sure anybody can post an ERA better than 6

Paul Shailor
3 years 7 months ago

The guys you brought up in September didnt…

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

The best record in baseball doesn’t matter for a damned thing unless the team is raising a World Series banner, and getting their rings during an early homestand…

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

new year, new outcome come October

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

 My guess is Tiger’s fans are rejoicing at this logic.  Especially after their team actually upgraded this off-season.

There’s a reason that they play the games, and don’t just determine records based on the teams overall WAR above a .500 season (or whatever it would be based on). 

Anything can happen between now and October – that’s what makes baseball (and really all sports) so beautiful – it’s played by humans and not robots (mostly), who can have fluctuations, both positive and negative from their career norms that can determine the outcome of multiple teams seasons. 

Does anyone think that Sabean expected Cody Ross to be as integral to that WS Championship as he was when he claimed him (specifically to keep him from divisional rivals).  But he and Pat Burrell got hot down the stretch, and not only got the Giants into the Playoffs, but knocked the Padres out on the last day (as well as distancing themselves from the Rockies and Dodgers who were in it as well that season). 

Let the teams at least get to Spring Training before declaring World Series victors….

Paul Shailor
3 years 7 months ago

Okay? Pirates were best team in the Central for half the season, sample sizes mean NOTHING. Its about the total product. But keep telling yourself whatever you need as your 90 win team keeps getting WORSE. Nick Punto. Sweeney. Ross. Lulz.

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

Ross and Sweeney>Reddick and Drew…Punto was supposed to be a utility but that ship sailed when Cherington shipped Scutaro away for a pitcher who is arguably worse than Lackey

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

Are you kidding me?  This is a rumor site.  If you only want news, go to ESPN and check out the headlines.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Stay away Dave…stay away

3 years 7 months ago

Dombrowski or Hester?

3 years 7 months ago

Dave Winfield.

3 years 7 months ago

Since the Tigers appear to be out, and Theo and Jed most likely driving up the price, the Marlins look like the frontrunner.

3 years 7 months ago

Thank you for restating what the story said.

BillB325
3 years 7 months ago

Not really, it never said anything about the Cubs just trying to drive up the price. I think they didn’t go big after anyone so they could gear up for Cespedes and Soler.

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 7 months ago

Marlins have got to be the favorite.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Going to go out on a limb and say the Tigers are probably out of this one. But who knows, they might have a $300mm offseason spending spree in them too. 

JerryJc1973
3 years 7 months ago

Who ever said the Tigers are out of the running. That is what the sports writers are saying. Illitch wants to win. He is 85 years old and he wants a World Series ring before he goes. He has a big pocket book and I don’t think he is afraid to use it. He proved that today. That wasn’t Dombrowski’s deal, that was Illitch’s deal…lol

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

he has been running little ceasers adds like crazy out here in the chicago land area, I saw 6 alone in a 2 hour span. He is trying to get people to buy as much pizza as possible so that Prince contract does not hurt his bottom line, even though it will, or at least hurt the next owners bottom line…there is no way they shell out the 30-40 mill its probably going to take to get cespedes considering they have glaring holes in the bullpen, 2nd base, 3base, short stop(no peralta is not the answer there long term he isnt consistent enough) and left field…

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

With Dotel, Benoit, and Valverde at the back end, how can you call the bullpen a glaring hole? And Peralta is not a glaring hole for this season, just because he may not be a long term solution does not mean it is a glaring hole, otherwise teams would have “glaring holes” all over the place. And while a platoon at 2nd base of Santiago and Raburn certainly isn’t ideal, it isn’t a glaring hole either. 

FunkyTime
3 years 7 months ago

I guess the White Sox have 9 glaring holes in their lineup?

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

I never once said the whitesox didnt have holes or were in a good position to win the division, if they get sale to pitch to his potential(ace) get the offense FINALLY from beckham, dunn to bounce back, morell to improve off of september and rios/ deaza/ lilibridge to score some runs from CF and LF they have a chance…but the tigers are better suited to win the division     the whitesox have holes at center, dh, catcher, offensively at 2nd, left field, offensively at 3rd, and one more pitcher(doesnt have to be an ace but a guy who can be counted on)…yeah they have a ton of holes….looks like the AL central is the division of teams with holes…but again Prince for 2012 is not that great of an upgrade over V-mart…this signing is going to be awesome if they can effectively find a way to play Aviles, V-Mart,Miggy and Prince in the same line up every day, 2013 is when this signing is going to pay off like crazy assuming miggy doesnt have to move to 3rd(miggy at 3rd and prince at 1st their bats might not be enough to make up for the defense)

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

you need to learn to write in paragraphs

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 7 months ago

Well with Fielder on the team he should see a good portion of his investment go back into Little Caesars.

FunkyTime
3 years 7 months ago

You lost all credibility when you said the Tigers have a “glaring hole” at SS.  Peralta had a WAR of 5.2 last year.

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

I also said he was not the answer going forward and inconsistent was the biggest part of my argument .8 WAR the year before 1.0 WAR the year before that..as i said inconsistent!!!

stuffnya
3 years 7 months ago

Who ever signs him better hope he is 26 and not 30!! I’m just glad the Cardinals aren’t going after him!!

3 years 7 months ago

why?

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 7 months ago

Trying to make fun of Pujols, I presume… Bah-dum tiss.

3 years 7 months ago

i was referring to the picture

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

I wonder how many times we can continue to beat this dead horse?  Has there been a single example of a non-Dominican player having lied about their age?  Let alone a Cuban player?  Cuba has a much better infrastructure than many Latin American countries, and one that is infinitely better than the D.R.’s, which would make it near impossible to lie about his age, or take on an assumed name. 

To put it into perspective, Cuba actually has a higher literacy rate than the US right now.  Something tells me that their bureaucracy is pretty on point when it comes to birth dates and names.

Tesseract
3 years 7 months ago

“cuba has a better infractructure than many latin american countries” “cuba actually has a higher literacy rate than the US right now” facts?

I guess this is what happens after you smoke a cuban cigar. No wonder it is banned in the US

RationalSportsFan
3 years 7 months ago

Orlando Hernandez.

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

Touché, salesman…

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Other than you being a fan of them, I don’t get what this picture has to do with anything.

sam_lammert
3 years 7 months ago

hes makin it like hes cheering that they’re not going after him

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I see a Marlin overpay on the horizon.  Personally, I think what analysts expect he will get is an overpay. 

3 years 7 months ago

That will happen!

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

Have any of the prospect “experts” came out and said where they would rank him in a Top 100 list?  Just curious how he would rank in a system

Benny
3 years 7 months ago

Everyone knows Miami is the Cuba of America. This says Marlins all over it. 

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

That explains why Little Havana is located there. Wouldn’t make sense if they put Little Havana in American Fork, UT now would it?

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

BUT the whitesox and the cuban national team of America

3 years 7 months ago

Sooooo he hit .143 with 10K’s in the dominican winter league?! 

THIS is suppose to be worth a multi million dollar MAJOR LEAGUE contract?!? This guy is destined to be the next CRAIG MONROE!  

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think he’s very good for a lot of reasons..

but 35 AB’s in the dominican league after he hasn’t picked up any game action in who knows how long, isn’t one of them

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

35 at bats

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

Is it just me, or have you (or possibly you and someone else) mentioned Craig Monroe more times in the last two days than he has been mentioned over the last 5 years.  And that includes over the loud speaker at games.

3 years 7 months ago

This was the first time I personally have drawn the comparison.  He just looks like him behind the plate, sitting dead red fastball to be crushed a mile.  Maybe Delmon Young in a better comparison. 

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

The entire Rangers front office just happens to be there this week. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

They were scouting Concepcion. And they prefer Soler to Cespedes. So yeah, I’d say coincidence.

3 years 7 months ago

Hanley Ramirez to Boston – Cespedes to CF in MIA – Bonafacio to 3B. Hanley takes over at short for Boston.  Not sure who they would send down to Mia in exchange – I’ll let someone else figure it out.  Cespedes makes sense for MIA from a marketing standpoint – HUGE Cuban market there for them to tap into.

3 years 7 months ago

 Yeah, the Marlins will just give Hanley to Boston for…….. who exactly? They don’t need anything as the team appears set at all positions. Heck, The marlins don’t even need Cespedes since their OF is set.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

He’ll sign for $40mm-$42mm. 4 years and $32mm is probably the most ideal and makes sense. I could see up to $40mm for the same or for 5 years total. No one knows too much about the guy, it’s late in the offseason and if he wants to play, they’ll be reasonable with their demands. He has no MLB experience and at his age (caught in btw prime and young) 4 years may be the best for him. If he seeks a 5 or 6 year deal, he’ll have less leverage at the age of 32, than if he was 30 going back into free agency.

3 years 7 months ago

No more room for one more mystery team this offseason?

3 years 7 months ago

Detroit has already had Darko Milicic. They should not want another one..

3 years 7 months ago

“The 26-year-old Cespedes went 5-for-35 with no walks and ten strikeouts in winter ball this month, and won’t play again according to Baseball America’s Ben Badler ”

Now why would he do that?  Fail

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

“5-for35″ small sample size fail!

Jonathan Gallo
3 years 7 months ago

What about the other Cubans? Soler?

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

I fully agree the relationship MLB has with cuban born players makes me feel that these guys are exactly as old as they say they are. If Cespedes was lying about his age why would he say 26? why wouldnt he say 23 or 24?

3 years 7 months ago

White Sox, complete the Cuban triple threat. Ramirez, Viciedo and Cespedes!

3 years 7 months ago

White Sox seem so desperate to assemble the entire cuban national team.  Castro is on the short list to replace Kenny with the Chi-Sox suck it up again this season.