Yoenis Cespedes Rumors: Friday

Here's the latest on Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes

  • A source says Cespedes' eventual contract will be in the range of four years and $32MM, writes MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.  "Several teams have backed away" from Cespedes' original goal of an eight-year, $60MM contract.  Frisaro says the Marlins are among the teams still very interested in the Cuban prospect.
  • Also from Frisaro, Cespedes is tentatively expected to establish residency in the Dominican Republic on January 15, and then the outfielder will petition Major League Baseball for free agent status.
  • The Tigers have been relatively quiet this offseason, "intensifying speculation" that the team is waiting on Cespedes to become available, reports James Schmehl of MLive.com.  With Delmon Young, Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch pencilled in as Detroit's starting outfield, the Tigers could have to make another move should they sign Cespedes, or just give him limited playing time to ease his transition to the Major Leagues.


58 Responses to Yoenis Cespedes Rumors: Friday Leave a Reply

  1. crzycanuck 4 years ago

    About time I don’t see Toronto mentioned in a rumour.  We’ll be just fine with Rasmus.

  2. Git r done, DD! 
    The Tigers have done nothing all winter.  Wakey, wakey!

    • EightMileCats 4 years ago

      We sign Laird and Doc Oc….

      But I agree.. Let’s get em and flip Boesch or Young in a package for a 2b or 3b.

      • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

        Maybe sign Cespedes and flip Boesch for Prado?

        • I like Prado, but Boesch is too much to give up for him.  The Tigers won’t do that.   BB has to be Detroit’s No. 3 hitter as of today. 

        • EightMileCats 4 years ago

          I’m ok with it, but Atlanta doesn’t need a lefty outfielder. They have enough lefties with Heyward, McCann, and I think Freeman.
          I was hoping we had some bullpen pieces for LAA for Callaspo.

          As far as Boesch being too much… His and Raburns numbers are strikingly similar. Which is why I’m good to trade him

          • both players have a productive bat when they play but boesch is a stud, dont know why you would even think about the tigers trading him. i would trade raburn but I think the majority of tigers fans can see where boeschs career is going and would strongly disagree with you.

        • Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

          I really hope that doesn’t happen, if anyone goes in that outfield in the wake of Cespedes, it’s going to be Delmon, but I have no idea who’d want him or for what.

          • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

            Prado could bounce back and put out a lot of value the guy finished in the top 10 in MVP voting the season before last so I don’t see how Boesch is too much to ask. But if the Atlanta isn’t looking for a lefty I guess the deal doesn’t make much sense. Because Delmon Young is a throw in on a deal he isn’t really a piece so if he is the fielder they are offering with prospects for Prado/Jurrjens I don’t think Atlanta would do it.

          • EightMileCats 4 years ago

            Atlanta didn’t want to trade em as a package anyway.
            I think Prado could be had for Young, maybe someone like Fields, Crosby… Maybe not that exactly, but something in that range

      • Flip Young for a 2B or 3B not Boesch, he has too much upside…

    • who still uses Git r done?

  3. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    Are there any links to his stats playing in whatever league it is he plays?

  4. snapcase8p 4 years ago

    Only reason I really want the Tigers to sign Yoenis is because a OF of Boesch and D Young scares me

    • Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

      True story, but Boesch is improving considerably on offense and his defense looked a little less shaky this year. If Delmon can hit for a little bit more pop and drive in a few more runs, his defense, as horrible as it is, won’t look quite so bad.

      • snapcase8p 4 years ago

        I don’t have a problem with Young or Boesch offensively but they should not be playing in the same OF. And even though Young was productive with the Tigers, the combination of his ugly defense and his inability to work a count or walk really makes me hope he is used in a trade. I think I’d almost rather go with Dirks than Young. I think with the team we have now Dirks would make us more well rounded than Young does.

  5. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    Where are the Nationals in all of this? Seriously. Makes so much more sense than Prince Fielder. 

  6. 30 MM. Take it or leave it Cespedes

  7. Rangersfan32 4 years ago

    I don’t get the high interest in Cespedes. He’s a completely unproven talent. He’s already 26 years old (or so he says), has never even proven himself in the minors and it seems most of his projected value is from a tape. How is a guy like this worth a 4-8 year 32-60 million dollar contract?

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Says the fan of the team that might fork over $100M+ for a guy who’s never pitched in the majors.

      Don’t get me wrong, I mostly agree. A lot of international stars seem to come here and fail to live up to the hype. But think of it like a lottery ticket with better odds and a high potential payout. He’s a high risk and high reward question mark.

      • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

        Darkish has proven himself in Japan. And Texas has scouted Darvish harder than anyone in this league. So I don’t have a problem with that. My point is that as far as I’ve heard, teams are getting ready to bid on this guy based almost solely on a video. Have teams ever scouted him in live games? If so, then this bidding frenzy will make more sense.

        • start_wearing_purple
          start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

          Buddy, I think you’re walking a very thin to create a difference. If Cespedes signed with the Rangers tomorrow, my bet is your tune would begin to change.

          In my opinion, no GM is going to bid on a guy on the basis of a videotape. I would be shocked if there aren’t some live scouting reports for every team… he did play on the National Cuban team, remember.

        • airohpue13 4 years ago

          Tigers have been scouting him in live games for a couples years now. Dombrowski made the trip to see him play in a dominican league game just a couple months ago, so your arguments don’t stand.

        • Uh, yes? He’s been scouted for years now.

          Just because you haven’t heard of him doesn’t mean there isn’t an army of scouts watching him. There are thousands of players being scouted around the globe.

          The same thing would happen here if we didn’t have the draft. Actually, it did until this latest CBA…

        • Tigers94 4 years ago

          Dice-K has proved himself in Japan. Proving yourself in Japan means nothing

  8. pjsportsdude85 4 years ago

    Tigers land Cespedis, Detroits advanced scouts have been on him for the past 3 years. 

    Atlanta will get sick of dangling Prado and a deal will work out with Delmon Young. I personally would love to see Young/Raburn/Oliver for Prado/Jurjeins 

    • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

      I could see something like that happening but I think it would be Boesch not Young.

      • Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

        The Braves have an over-abundance of left-handed corner outfielders, which is why almost all of the speculation has centered around Delmon Young not Boesch. If the Braves wanted a lefty with similar upside to Boesch they would have traded Prado to the Rockies for Seth Smith already.

      • I don’t think Boesch is going anywhere but Comerica Park.  Other teams would have to overpay for DD to do a deal…

    • Tigers94 4 years ago

      I like it. Prado and Cespedes would be upgrades over Santiago/Raburn and Young, we would get a good #3 starter in Cy Young talks for a lot of last year back, and we could keep Jacob Turner

  9. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    Does anyone know definitely if it’s “Yoenis” or “Yoennis”? It seems like the two spellings run about 50/50 in media reports.  And what’s up the confusion about the spelling of Cuban players’ names, i.e. “Kendry” and “Kendrys” Morales?

    • Tko11 4 years ago

      The same confusion as it is with their ages…

      • Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

        In the case of Cespedes there isn’t any “confusion” about his age; there’s just a bunch of accusations that he’s lying about his age — based on zero evidence beyond the (racist?) belief that Latin players generally can’t be trusted to tell the truth about their age.

        • Tko11 4 years ago

          But I think its also due to the way some Latin American countries do their documenting. The way the names are spelled shouldnt be an issue if they had proper documents…And wasnt Kendry or Kendrys Morales also accused of being older? If you remember the Little League World Series issue with Danny Almonte…apparently his parents waited a few years in the Dominican Republic before registering his birth. I dont really think its racist. It was a concern in the Olympics as well in gymnastics and the Chinese team if I remember correctly. 

    • It’s Communism and the Russians fault.  Yevgeny and Yakov.  They used the Y a lot.  Generation Y in Cuba.

  10. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    I’d love to see a deal like that too, but I think the Tigers would have to throw in a few more prospects like a Rob Brantly and/or Avisail Garcia or someone of their ilk to get a deal done.

  11. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    The Braves have an over-abundance of left-handed corner outfielders, which is why almost all of the speculation has centered around Delmon Young not Boesch. If the Braves wanted a lefty with similar upside to Boesch they would have traded Prado to the Rockies for Seth Smith already.

  12. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    Is anyone else having a problem with Disqus not posting their comments in the right spot?

  13. Mark 4 years ago

    A great fit for the Rangers.   He plays CF in 2012.  Texas has no CF.   Martin then is ready for full time CF in 2013 with Cespedes moving over to LF in 2013 when Josh Hamilton leaves for free agency. 

  14. sonichound 4 years ago

    I haven’t heard the M’s linked to him at all but it seems like he would be a good fit.  Safeco doesn’t kill lefties as nearly as much as righties and we could use a LF or a guy to take over in RF when Ichiro is gone.  Looking more and more like Fielder is not interested in the M’s so they have some money to spend somewhere.

  15. sonichound 4 years ago

    I haven’t heard the M’s linked to him at all but it seems like he would be a good fit.  Safeco doesn’t kill lefties as nearly as much as righties and we could use a LF or a guy to take over in RF when Ichiro is gone.  Looking more and more like Fielder is not interested in the M’s so they have some money to spend somewhere.

  16. EightMileCats 4 years ago

    Sorry bout the multi post
    iPhone fail

  17. Many of those mentions resulted in signings.

  18. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    I’d love to see a deal like that too, but I think the Tigers would have to throw in a few more prospects like a Rob Brantly and/or Avisail Garcia or someone of their ilk to get a deal done.

  19. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    Let’s dismiss Canada and the US, since MLB teams are situated in the two countries and amateurs usually go through the draft, which means formalized education, etc.

    A very, VERY small percentage of Latin American signings have been busted on age/name fraud. Only two guys (out of hundreds) who ever made MLB to my knowledge (Miguel Tejada and Leo Nunez) were caught. 

    Latin America is a MUCH bigger market for MLB than Asia. Like, many times bigger. 

    Leveraging fraud accusations against every Latin American player indeed has racist undertones.

    EDIT: i’m not accusing you or anyone else of racism.

  20. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    Whoa dude, I didn’t say that everyone who held this belief is racist. I’m just raising the possibility that racism might explain its pervasiveness. You’re surely correct that the phenomenon of Latin players lying about their age is real. My guess is that it’s simply a crime of oppurtunity; it’s way harder to verify the age of Dominican or Cuban player through official institutional records than it would be for an American, Japanese or even a Venezuelan player.

  21. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    I hope you’re right, but I kind of doubt it.

  22. Dulaine Harris 4 years ago

    People using the race card is rampant and stupid I agree!  But….  racism was and is so rampant and stupid it raises its ugly little head in every walk of life every day. So try to understand why so many minorities, whether racial or sexual, suspect racism a major cause for many problems and  or difficult situations. Paranoid maybe, unjustified?, hardly!

  23. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    Mr. Doom, it was quite cowardly of you to delete your above reply to the effect that “Latin is not a race.” What follows is the response I would have given to you above:

    You are technically right in a literalistic/formalistic sense. But in every day speech referring to Latinos as belong to a distinct “race,” and referring to prejudice against them as “racism” is this norm not the exception. And while it’s wonderful that you read a little anthropology and/or sociology in college (I did too!), correcting someone for using a term in it’s most familiar sense doesn’t make you seem intelligent or thoughtful. It makes you seem like a know-it-all jerk — and a not very good one at that.

  24. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    Most of the players that I hear of lying about their age, including the three mentioned just in this stretch here (Vlad, Tejada & Nunez) are all from the D.R. 

    Cuba actually has an incredibly good infrastructure, including higher literacy rates than the US currently, whereas it’s not like that in the Dominican.  I’m not saying that it’s impossible that he’s lying about his age, but from what I’ve gathered it’s much harder to do in Cuba.  But considering the relations between the US and Cuba, and how they tend not to want their players to defect, I highly doubt they’re just going to hand over birth records.

  25. Yankees420 4 years ago

    They also made the top offers to Pujols and Wilson, if I remember correctly. 

  26. Yankees420 4 years ago

    Cespedes is 26.

  27. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    You are technically right in a literalistic/formalistic sense. But in every day speech referring to Latinos as belong to a distinct “race,” and referring to prejudice against them as “racism” is this norm not the exception.

    Bravo, Jeff! You make some excellent points. However I would like to add that when speaking of a ballplayer’s or anyone else’s ethnic identity, what is more important than the way those outside his ethnicity prefer to refer to people of his background is the way his people refer to themselves. With that in mind, let me state that regardless of differences in appearance, most latinos refer to most other people of Latin American heritage as members of “la raza [latina]” (“the Latin race”), and contrary to the American fixation on skin color, skin tone has nothing to do with it. Rather, it is an identity that is derived from a shared sense of heritage, a common (or similar) language, and a sense of kinship due to the many commonalities between the various nations, due to very similar histories.

    So in reality and in more than just a colloquial sense, latinos are a race. Qué viva la raza! :)

  28. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    Well said! It’s so easy to dismiss something that you don’t often [ever?] have to deal with.

  29. Tigers94 4 years ago

    Justin Blackmon looks older than 21, Greg Oden looks older than however old he is. Looking older than your age means nothing

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