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Yankees, Nationals, Marlins, Phillies in on Yoenis Cespedes

Nov 7, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT


Now that you have had a chance to recover from the Yoenis Cespedes video, let’s talk about where this too weird to live and too rare to die talent may actually play baseball.

He had a tryout in the Dominican Republic on Friday and, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports, it drew the interest of several teams. In addition to the usual suspects — like the Yankees, who have expressed interest — the Nationals, Marlins and Phillies are all keenly interested too. And it doesn’t seem hard to see why.

Friend-of-the-blog and sometimes commenter @Leokitty made a great point: The Marlins are too perfect a fit. They’ve made noise about wanting to make a big splash, this is a very-Marlins kind of splash in that, while it would take money, it’s not crazy money because the guy would be controlled for years. He’s Cuban, and that is a pretty awesome thing to be in Miami. In a lot of ways it might mirror the Aroldis Chapman thing in that no one saw the Reds coming until just before they signed the guy.

In any event. it sounds like we have another top-end free agent on our hands this winter. And that’s wonderful.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    C’mon, no Cubans are that big. A person can’t bulk up like that on lingua, black beans, rice and collard greens. It looks like he’s friends with A-Rod’s cousin.

    • yankeesfanlen - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Leave ARod Alone!

      • sasquash20 - Nov 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Gayrod cheated the game and should always be made fun of for being a douche bag. The guy juiced his way to hundreds of millions of dollars, you have every right to make fun of him. I’m just glad my team didn’t overpay for the overrated juice head. I’m glad his body is breaking down the last several years, its karma really. The only thing more pathetic then Gayrod is Yankees fans telling us to leave him alone.

      • The Common Man - Nov 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        Oh, let’s be honest. Nothing is more pathetic than using the word “Gay” like it’s some kind of an insult. Grow the hell up.

      • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:14 AM

        Still haven’t figured out how to spell “sasquatch,” have you, puerile nincompoop that you are?

    • Ari Collins - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      That sounds mighty tasty, actually.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    This guy looks like a linebacker. I don’t know a thing about him and this blurb wasn’t all that helpful. Anybody, what position does he play and how old is he? Furthermore, what type of contract would likely get the job done? Lastly, is he MLB ready right now?

    • halladaysbiceps - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Yes. The guy is the best hitter in Cuba right now. He’s a 5-tool player who should be an immediate stud in the Majors.

    • cur68 - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Answering you questuonsi in order
      1)Center field (that’s how it looked in the video):
      2)No idea. Old enough to be outdoors without a shirt, though
      3)A contract with the words “milllllions and millllions” in it;]
      4)He has cheesy taste in music, questionable dress sense and showboats in center field. ‘Course he’s MLB ready.

      • Ari Collins - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        2) He’s 26 years old (unless you think all Cubans are lying about their age).
        3) People are ballparking it at $30MM, which is what Chapman got.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        30 million over how many years?

      • Ari Collins - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        5 or 6 years, like Chapman.

        My personal guess is that he gets a bit more like 5/$40MM.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        1) Centerfield. Didn’t you see the credits? 😉

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        I didn’t watch the scouting video or whatever it was.

      • pete1050 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        I DO think the majority of Cuban defectors (Latin American players generally) lie about their age. Hey if a couple years makes the difference between a $20M contract or a $40M contract, wouldn’t you? Look at Juan Carlos Oviedo/Leo Nunez – The guy took a buddy’s whole identity (and it netted him an extra couple hundred grand). The record keeping in that area of the world is notoriously unreliable, and age makes a big difference in the attractiveness of a player. Just pragmatism on the player’s part, but teams have to be cautious of it.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    The Phillies? This type of signing is not likely. They have never spent major money on a foreign player nor have I ever seen them express interest in the past with these type of moves.

    Although, if they signed him, they get younger immediately and can move Victorino in a trade for a 3rd baseman/bullpen/bench help.

    I agree with leokitty, though. Marlins seem like the perfect suitor.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      Maybe Victorino could play third base….never thought of that possibility did ya? Although, I’m not sure he has the attention span to play the infield.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM

        Victorino at 3rd? That’s a good one, Good Doctor. If you can accept 40 errors in 2012 at 3rd from him, sure, why not?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        In all seriousness, there are many inside the organization that believe Mayberry Jr. could be an excellent third baseman. I have my doubts…mainly because he is very tall and has never played the position before at a professional level.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        I have my doubts too with Mayberry Jr. playing 3rd. I guess if they don’t upgrade in the off-season at that position, they will try him at 3rd during Spring Training. Not my preference.

        With this pitching staff, they cannot afford to downgrade themselves defensively in the infield. I think it will be a mistake they will regret.

      • spudchukar - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        There is a reason there are so few 3B in the HOF. It is an offensive position, that must be manned by at least an adequate defensive talent or else the net result is negative. It is why so many players, Cabrera for instance move to 1B or the OF. Finding an infielder with pop is rare, and today especially rare.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        I was joking about moving Shane to 3rd….giving biceps something of a hard time because he has been pounding the trade Victorino drum since the season ended.

    • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      The Feesh never met a Cuban they didn’t like. Someone whispered in Scrooge McLoria’s ear that if he stocked the team with Latin ballplayers, especially Cubans, they will come. They didn’t. They won’t. He would draw more locals from Little Havana by staging pre-game cockfights.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Told ya before- Cashman loves Scotts videos!

  5. Ari Collins - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Sox might be a good match. Semi-hole in a big RF, risky high-upside signing, low dollars per year (which helps out with the luxury tax threshold), decent history of playing the Latin American markets.

    No more or less likely than any of the suitors mentioned. Which means, of course, it’s still anyone’s guess.

  6. Jonny 5 - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    He looks like Lou Ferrigno with a tan.

    • cur68 - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      …hmmm, Lou Ferrigno…interesting… I do believe I am looking forward to watching this kid clobber baseballs now even more than I was after seeing his promo vid. I can’t wait to bellow “HULK SMASH!” every time he goes yard. Pity Yoennis wasn’t a Lefty. The Beaver Men need a big lefty bat.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        Don’t worry the Jays will sign Prince Fielder. He will be good for a season then will balloon up to 437 pounds eating beaver meat or whatever the hell Canadians eat.

      • cur68 - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        Whale blubber. We eat whale blubber. Can’t get fat on eating beaver anyways. That’s a calorie burner, that is…ANYHOWPrince Fielder would be entirely welcome as a Beaver Wrestler. He’d spend so much time being chased down Young street for his autograph, the way the Montreal fans used to chase Jackie Robinson around for his, he’d be leaner and more mighty than Yoennis. PRINCE SMASH!

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        He will be good for a season then will balloon up to 437 pounds eating beaver meat or whatever the hell Canadians eat.

        I’m up here in the trenches Doc….gotta tell you… it ain’t pretty.. 😉

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        Did someone mention Beaver meat?

        mmmm Hulk like.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    He looks like the Cuban version of the Terminator!

  8. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    The toned down the video from what I originally suggested – “Once in every 2,000 years an individual comes along who changes the world … this time HE’S from Cuba …

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