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Report: Yoenis Cespedes may not become a free agent for two months

Nov 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

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Here’s a development that could have a significant impact on the offseason plans for several teams.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was told by a source that it could take two months before Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be declared a free agent by MLB.

Cespedes, 26, defected to the Dominican Republic this past summer. His advisor Edgar Mercedes told Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus earlier this week that they were hoping to have his paperwork wrapped up before the end of the month and that he was confident Cespedes would be in spring training with an MLB team. Cespedes’ agent is Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group.

Cespedes was already visited by a large contingent from the Marlins front office this week and is expected to have several more private workouts for interested teams in the coming days and weeks. The early buzz is that he could land a deal rivaling the $30.25 million contract Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds in January of 2010.

  1. Ari Collins - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Would think that would take some teams out of the running, if they feel they can’t pin their hopes on him and then fail to be the high bidder.

    • sknut - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      True but it could also birng teams in that lose out on their primary target and are left scrambling for a player.

      • Ari Collins - Nov 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        Good point.

  2. paperlions - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    It shouldn’t have any effect. There is a very small chance he’ll start next year on an MLB roster and no team that signs him will be banking on him starting the year with the MLB club. The competition he has faced in Cuba is equivalent to low A. He may do well against better competition, but the gap between MLB pitching and the stuff he’s been facing is huge…and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it takes him at least 1 full year (more likely 2) to make the necessary adjustments to be a viable MLB player.

  3. harleypuppy - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    He may look like the next coming of Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams to some but the amount of money unproven talent commands is mind boggling working class people have to ask where does it end. Maybe when no one can afford to take their family to a game people will take notice.

    • paperlions - Nov 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

      How about the money unproven owners make? Owners are only the facilitators of the exhibition, yet they make far more than the most talented baseball players.

      Ticket prices are determined by the market (i.e. how much people will pay), not by player salaries…if player salaries were cut in 1/2 tomorrow…ticket prices would be unaffected.

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