Yoenis Cespedes Granted Free Agency

MLB has informed teams that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is now a free agent, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. Cespedes, a client of Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, recently gained residency in the Dominican Republic.

Earlier this week, it appeared that the Cubs, Marlins, and Tigers were the teams most actively targeting Cespedes. The White Sox, Orioles, Indians, Yankees, Phillies, Blue Jays and Rangers also appear to have some interest in Cespedes, but the Nationals aren’t involved

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  1. TophersReds 4 years ago

    The Mystery team is going to be all over this guy. I can’t wait.

    • GOTIGERS24 4 years ago

      Mystery team=Detroit after signing prince nobody will expect it

      • Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

        Please, PLEASE no.

      • Hal Jordan 4 years ago

        Mystery team=Houston

        Something completely unexpected. 

        (And a big mistake, but it could happen.)

  2. DirtyPujols 4 years ago


  3. GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

    Can anyone let me know how he’s doing in winter ball?

  4. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    Awesome, now time to announce Soler’s free agency

  5. triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

    What type of player is this guy projected to become?

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      poor man’s adam jones

      • BJ Monstovich 4 years ago

        poor mans Alex Rios

        • Runtime 4 years ago

          lmao Alex Rios is garbage. There’s a reason the Jays gave him up on waivers.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            his contract was the reason. rios has been a good player most of his career

    • He was a five tool player in Cuba, he’s the real deal. He had a poor showing in Winterball, but I think that was more him just wanting swing a bat and work on his timing type of thing. He definitely has 30/30 potential, has plus arm strength, and great range in the outfield. He’s built like a brick-(poop)-house, if he keeps his strikeouts down, he’s got the potential to be a monster and contribute immediately. 

      • The biggest problem with being a five tool Cuban player is figuring out what to do with 3 hammers and 2 sickles.

      • Runtime 4 years ago

        Yeah well, Hechavarria is project to be a five tool player and look where we are with him…

  6. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years ago

    When signed what level of ball is this guy ready for? will he get a big contract with such bad numbers in winter ball? 

    • If Boras is this guy’s agent, he will get 5year/$75M.

    • TophersReds 4 years ago

      He will get a big contract. There’s no question about it. AAA would be the lowest he would start out at, but he will likely start at the bigs because of the big contract he will sign.

    • Benny 4 years ago

      Off of the hype he started with this offseason, he would’ve gotten a decent contract. It might be a limited amount of at bats, but I think he hurt his value by playing winter ball. 

    • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

      Jason McLeod said he needs at least 100 AAA at bats.

  7. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    I want the Jays to get one of him or Soler, spend some of the Darvish money

  8. Just in time to replace all the Prince Fielder rumors!

    • Shawnthemon 4 years ago


    • cubsfan97 4 years ago

      I know, I was getting bored without any rumors about an overhyped player who wont be worth his money!

  9. jondogg2010 4 years ago

    My prediction: Marlins, 5 years $55 MM

  10. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago


  11. hockeycenter15 4 years ago

    I feel bad whoever signs him. HE says he is 26 but i’m guessing he is probably closer to 30 at least. Needs one year in the minors at least. Look at his body type too. I don’t see him as a CF. LF, 1B or DH is more realistic. I keep thinking Heremida/Carmona with this guy.

    • Arturo Perez 4 years ago

      I agree with everything you say except the “body type”. Apparently this guy can run 6.35 on the 60s. I don’t know if it is true or not but anything below 7.0 is fast. Certainly capable of playing center field

  12. cubsfan97 4 years ago

    I wanted him until he started playing winter ball.  I think i will pass now.

    • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

      I would think that the infinity/0 K/BB ratio would only peak the Cubs’ interest.

  13. MrBaseball29 4 years ago

    Hell be a Yankee

  14. Fishing Bill 4 years ago

    Teams spend money on this guy at THEIR OWN RISK. Personally if I were a GM I wouldn’t touch him. He seems to strikeout too much and did horrible in winterball from what I’ve heard. All hype. A perfect match for the Yankees, or Red Sox.

  15. PSUOrioles 4 years ago

    Time for the O’s to make a move… haha, I just made myself laugh with that one

  16. pestyray 4 years ago

    He is projected to be an all-star member of the mystery team.  Think Billy Mays.  It’s almost spring training time…..high hopes and a juke box full of tunes all on someone else’s dollar.  One teaspoon every four hours should get the job done, if not turn to page 32 under Ask a question and ponder the answer.  Help that was hopeful.

  17. Dade County Marlins

  18. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Whichever team signs him is taking a huge risk and I’m glad that the Braves are having nothing to do with it.

  19. stewie75 4 years ago

    i’m sure if you pulled a lot of players’ first 35 ABs from down there you’d find bigger names with numbers that were just as bad or worse. and i’m sure you’ll find players who stink and CRUSHED down there. i trust the guys in charge now, so if they sign him, GREAT. it means they’re as sure about him as they could possibly be. the cubs have shown they’re not just going to throw money around, so for them to make this move in a rebuilding year, i’d see it as more an indication of what they really believe he can do. the only people ragging on the cubs looking to get involved are the teams that are afraid of being drowned out of the division once theo & jed get their plan in motion.

  20. Yuniesky Betancourt 2.0

  21. PWNdroia 4 years ago

    If he’s the real deal, he might be a great fit in Texas.  After missing out on Fielder, he could be almost an adequate replacement.  What wonders he could do if he hits for that team.

  22. Runtime 4 years ago

    If he’s anything like Hechavarria, he won’t be able to hit and might make the Majors by the end of his contract…

  23. Notin J. Notin 4 years ago

    So Mystery Team is not involved?  This guy must be worthless….

  24. bigpat 4 years ago

    I don’t see him being any more than an overpaid Melky Cabrera, I’d be happy if my team passed on this guy. Too much hype.

  25. Zuidvogels 4 years ago

    I don’t see why teams don’t put language in the contracts for players from another country that states that if at some point during the contract if it is found out they lied about their aga and or names that the contact is voided and the owe all or a portion of the money paid to them back to the team that signed them. If that doesn’t keep them from pulling this age crap I don’t know what will.

    • Arturo Perez 4 years ago

      It would make sense from a fan standpoint but look at it from a team standpoint. If for example they found out Jose Reyes was 3 years older than what he is do you think the marlins are going to get rid of him after that big contract? think again.

      This age problem sucks but there’s just no easy way to fix it. The best bet is to force the teams to run a background check and present it to MLB when they sign

  26. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    1 unremarkable HR stared at for no reason

  27. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    0 WALKS? but that may be probably because he is too eager…

  28. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    0 WALKS? but that may be probably because he is too eager… also way too much K’s against mediocre pitching. ugh.

  29. laffingrass 4 years ago

    “You can’t walk off the island.”

  30. TophersReds 4 years ago

    103 years and counting!

  31. kevb197731 4 years ago

    More dreams for Cubs fans. Have you read the posts about Cespedes? There are 3 favorites for him Cubs, Tigers, and Marlins. Fielder took Tigers out of it. He says he would prefer not to sign the Marlins and that the Cubs have shown the most interest. Does that mean he will sign with the Cubs, no but they are talking to the Braves about a Byrd/Prado swap which would open centerfield up for him. Facts are facts so let’s not be rude to anyone.

  32. stewie75 4 years ago

    is the dream supposed to be that the cubs will sign him, or is the dream what he could be upon signing? pretty sure every team has high hopes for potential free agent signings and prospects, no? nah, just us.

  33. Y’all can have him.

  34. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago


  35. gocubs418 4 years ago

    Please no…..we are almost finished with Soriano.  No more garbage risk…..

  36. please take this guy, offer him a 100 million. dont want him on the yankees. this guy was over hyped and after playing winter ball, i can see this guy batting no better then . 240 10 HR’s 52 RBIs lol. guarentee Andrew Jones will have a better year.

  37. He’ll

  38. jwsox 4 years ago

    Also small sample size

  39. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    If memory serves me right, Alexi Ramirez went through the same thing.

  40. Arturo Perez 4 years ago

    Mediocre pitching?

  41. Morley C 4 years ago

    No, he means “Hell is a Yankee”.

  42. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    Cubs are not talking about a Byrd/Prado swap. That was pure speculation on the part of Bruce Levine.

  43. stewie75 4 years ago

    i don’t think sori was a garbage risk, everyone knew 8 years was 3 too many. there was no risk, they knew what they were signing up for.

  44. stewie75 4 years ago

    cool story.

  45. Alfredo Griffin did too in 1984. 

  46. stewie75 4 years ago

    translation: he has an agent working for him whose job it is to get him more money than less money. gotcha.

  47. stewie75 4 years ago

    i know right, it’s almost as if they were busy signing a $100MM pitcher they had to get signed by a certain date as opposed to an oft-injured left fielder who has no deadline in the least and is signed for another year? jerks.

  48. No he didn’t.

  49. NickinIthaca 4 years ago


    (not the homerun or the stare, but a reference to the visa commercials before I get yelled at)

  50. those fudgesicles are the tipping point.. you might have him signed

  51. Arturo Perez 4 years ago

    He will be a .260-.270, 25 HR guy. They compared him to Adam Jones. Nothing worth $60 MM that’s for sure

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