Athletics Notes: Manny, Cespedes

The A's made a splash Monday, signing Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36MM contract that allows him to reach free agency at its conclusion.  The latest on the club:

  • "The A's are likely to sign Manny Ramirez just before or soon after the start of spring training," writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Pitchers and catchers are due to report Saturday, while the full squad reports February 24th.  Manny, of course, has a reputation of arriving late to spring training.  Ramirez would serve as designated hitter for the A's, but he'd first need to serve a 50-game PED suspension.
  • Despite the Cespedes signing, Coco Crisp still feels he's Oakland's best center field option.  Crisp told Slusser, "Unless he's a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me in center field."  Crisp noted that a center field job was one of the reasons he chose the A's over the Rays, but concluded, "I'm excited to play alongside Cespedes – no matter what side that may be."
  • Cespedes' no-arbitration clause is precedent-setting, writes ESPN's Buster Olney, as in the past only Japanese players have managed to secure free agency without the typical requirement of six years of Major League service.
  • As I noted earlier today, the A's have four out of options players on the 40-man roster with fewer than five years of Major League service: Brandon Allen, Jerry Blevins, Joey Devine, and Kila Ka'aihue.


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41 Comments on "Athletics Notes: Manny, Cespedes"


scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

wow.  i didn’t know about the “no arbitration clause”.  not a big deal since he is 26, but hopefully Soler doesn’t try to get the same thing.  

Otis26
3 years 6 months ago

Assuming he’s really 26.

3 years 6 months ago

“Pitchers are catchers are due to report Saturday, while the full squad reports February 24th”.

Pitchers are also catchers now?  Is this part of the new CBA?

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

and they’re all better than jeff mathis

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

“Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens”

I take it Coco didn’t watch the promotional video?

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

you think he’s annoyed now, wait until they nickname cespedes cap’n crunch

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Hopefully for him it’s not Fruit Loops.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Nice one

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

Gotta love coco’s resolve to stick in center, dude is still awesome

an outfield with coco, cespedes, and reddick, no matter where you put them, is gonna be one fine defensive outfield. add to that if they reach their offensive potential (with cespedes and reddick, obviously it’s not a SURE thing to happen).

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

that quote reminded me how awesome Coco is.

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

It baffles me that so many loyal A’s fans cannot grasp the inherent method in Beane’s “madness.” He signs a fabulously talented Cuban FA, nobody would have guessed would land in Oakland, and all they do is whine about playing time for failed AAAA stiffs like Chris Carter, Kila and to a lesser extent, Mike Taylor.

Beane said he was rebuilding for the time when their new stadium in San Jose opens; and, indeed he is. But, he did NOT say he was going to accept a 50-win team for the next 4 seasons.

So, he rebuilds the outfield with Reddick, Smith and Cowgill; resigns Coco, signs the most sought after foreign FA outside of Yu Darvish AND rebuilds the farm system—all in a single off-season. C’mon guys, wake up and enjoy the ride!

Derek Florko
3 years 6 months ago

Thank you

Spock33
3 years 6 months ago

I’m excited.. I’m just hoping he trades an outfielder and a first baseman for a decent third baseman…  

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

scott sizemore was pretty decent last year for learning the position on a whim.

i’m hoping another reliever/spot starter

3 years 6 months ago

The link to the Olney article appears to be the wrong one…

Spock33
3 years 6 months ago

What’s going to happen to Gomes, Cowgill, and Seth Smith?  So long for their platoon…  I agree that Coco, Cespedes and Reddick being starters…  
Also the abundance of DH and 1st baseman… Who knows what’s going to happen? I’ll be at Opening Day in Oakland… Can’t wait

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

i think now smith and gomes are going to platoon at DH

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

More cowgill?

Joe Goodin
3 years 6 months ago

Where does Coco come off saying this? I mean sure it’s true but I just can’t stand a cocky ball player

3 years 6 months ago

I’m surprised that Slusser writes that this signing essentially takes the A’s out of the Soler sweep stakes. I don’t necessarily agree. Of course her sources say this, but who knows. The A’s could be investing in IFA because FA don’t want to play in Oakland.

vcolfari
3 years 6 months ago

Just wanted to pop in to say how much I enjoy reading the comments sections on the MLBTR A’s page. It’s refreshing to see none of the typical knee jerk angry chatter that you see on the ESPN or SF Chronicle pages (e.g., “Billy will just trade the best players for prospects so who cares??” or “Oakland is a dump!” or “the AAA’s are gonna be terrible”) and there’s very little if any showboating or puns that you see all over FreeKraut and AN. Thanks to everyone here for the interesting discussions. 

jesse heiman
3 years 6 months ago

A’s should trade all four players out of options to Yankees for Swisher and Burnett

johnrhee
3 years 6 months ago

Manny Ramirez may not be a good fit in Oakland A’s uniform but would be valuable w/ the Seattle Mariners if they are interested in signing him. Will be interesting should Manny signing w/ Mariners and play the A’s in Japan to start the season and come to Oakland as fans may be booing at him when he comes up to bat. He sure can help them more to compete in the division this season since Safeco Field would be an ideal place to hit home runs.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t see his comments as unrest, more of confidence that he’s still the best defensive CF on the team.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

I can’t imagine it does, but if I hired a guy like Crisp, I would better hope that he thinks he’s a better defensive CF than a guy who has never even stepped foot on the same field.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah I can see that, but I think he’d just come out and ask for a trade or refuse to move positions.  But right now, I think he’s just making it clear he’s not interested in moving positions, and I really see no reason why he should.

Titus_00
3 years 6 months ago

IIRC, newly signed FAs can’t be traded until after June 15th.

Titus_00
3 years 6 months ago

YW.  I made a follow up post with a link to the MLB site that shows the rule, but It said my post needs to be approved by a moderator before it will appear because it included a link.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

both him AND carter would be SOL, signing manny is such a pointless act

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

The only problem with that is that said guy has never done anything like that.  He’s never even faced any major league pitching yet, so that’s a little premature.  If he happens to do that, then yes he’d be more valuable but it still doesn’t mean he’s a better defensive CF than Crisp.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Well I stand corrected.  That’s interesting to know because I was searching through my memories to see if it ever occurred and I still can’t think of any.  I guess we know why now.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

When you make up the rules please let me know.  Until then, I’m allowed to express my opinions like anyone else even if you don’t agree with them.  Your sugar coated opinions just as easily riles others up too, except you’re the one resorting to the name calling.  So maybe you should be the one to grow up since it bothers you so much. 

Titus_00
3 years 6 months ago

Gotcha… Google “mlb important dates” and it is the first result. 😉

3 years 6 months ago

if any of those guys (Carter, Kila, Allen, etc) MAKE the team out of spring training they have 50 games (Manny’s suspension) to prove themselves.  if they perform then I’m sure Manny will be a bench bat, traded, or released (I’m sure the A’s will sign him for next to nothing so its not a huge lose).  if they still can’t hang at the MLB level, then it’s Manny time and they go back to AAA.  Manny may be over the hill, but he can hit, no question.  with speedsters Weeks and Crisp on base the A’s need someone who can drive them home and Manny can do that.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Apparently. They gotta do what they gotta do.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

a’s aren’t getting rendon, sorry, but it’s not gonna happen.

the only 3rd basemen i can think of us getting at this point are garin cecchini, matt dominguez, and todd frazier (maybe)

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

 The serious answer would be “yes.” : )

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

if they extend zimmerman, they’ll move rendon over to 2nd easily, there was talk of moving rendon to second even before he was drafted because of the arm issues he was having

edit: if he shows the level of talent as expected, they’ll make room for him.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

there’s also bobby borchering or ryan wheeler from the diamondbacks, but i have no idea who we’d trade to arizona to get them

bobby was moved to the outfield, but his natural position apparently is 3rd.

3 years 6 months ago

thats the magic of Billy Beane, ya never know whats coming :)

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

yeah it sucks for us, but that’s the reality of it