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Cubs will have private workout with Yoenis Cespedes

Nov 13, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer heard this weekend that Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes might not be eligible for major league free agency for another two months. But that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing serious interest.

According to Carrie Muskat of, the Cubs will have a private workout with the 26-year-old outfielder in the coming days, following in the Marlins’ footsteps. And many more teams are expected to join them over the next several weeks.

Cespedes has an intriguing combination of power and speed, and most talent evaluators believe he could be ready for everyday major league action within a few months of signing a deal.

Beyond the Marlins and Cubs, the Red Sox, Phillies, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, Rangers, Tigers, Nationals, Athletics, Marlins and Yankees have also made their interest known.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    oh no…………………….

    • blueintown - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      Yeah, who the hell would want a five-tool player just entering his prime at half the price of one of the big name free agents.

      • paperlions - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM

        Oh….I don’t know….any team that is concerned about the fact that he’s never faced competition above the low A level. Currently, this guy is a prospect, not a MLB player. He has never faced pitching anything like he’d see at AA, much less MLB, so he represents risk….and as most people know, the majority of highly touted prospects hit their ceilings somewhere between low A and AAA.

        I am not saying the guy won’t be great, just that he is an unknown, having never faced competition as good as the Cape League, and should not be regarded as a major league player….for comparison, the Japanese League is much better than the Cuban one, and we all know how well the vast majority of players that were stars over there have fared at this level. Simply, he’s a risk.

      • blueintown - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

        Agreed. He has been scouted, the scouts have deemed him a five tool player. He is entering his prime. He will come at a cheaper price then any of the elite free agents. Thus, he is a lower risk. Your point that he is “unknown” is incredibly enlightening. Thanks for that.

  2. shawon0meter - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Go get him Theo!

  3. mvpolamalu - Nov 13, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Leggo pirates!

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