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Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

Nov 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

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Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range.

Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even a useful regular player.  If he’s a star, you’ve come out ahead.

There are still a ton of teams interested in the guy.  The latest is said to be the Cubs.  But really, even at close to $50 million, most teams should have at least some interest in the guy.

  1. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Yeah most teams should…BUT I BET THE DAMN METS WON’T! #unjustifiednoninterest

  2. bobwsc - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Cherington scheduled a workout in DR, so of course the Cubs are interested.

  3. chip56 - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    The fact that Cashman refuses to talk about him suggests he’s very interested.

  4. Kevin S. - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Would the team get six years of control? My impression was that most ML-ready Cuban defectors signed deals precluding the team from offering arbitration the way Japanese players do. I would guess the team only gets however many years are on the actual deal.

  5. theonlynolan - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Kevin, I’m pretty sure because of the way MLB service time rules are that even if he signs a four year contract the team would still have him under control for six years. He would be arbitration eligible after his contract expires. You can’t be a major league free agent until you reach 6 years of MLB service time.

    • hackerjay - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      They can put it in their contract though that the team will not offer arbitration. That’s what Fukudome did with the Cubs. His deal was for 4 years, plus they couldn’t offer arbitration, so he is a full free agent right now.

  6. sonofabeachy - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Gotta get these guys for cheap….Cespedes will probably spend 1-1.5 seasons in the minors to start, so even a “reasonable” 5 yr/35m contract is in reality more like a 3.5yr/35m. That’s a pretty big gamble for a guy who didn’t even dominate his own inferior talent league.

  7. theonlynolan - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Jay, Fukudome isn’t a free agent until 2014. The clause in his contract could be that when he reaches free agency he can’t be offered arbitration so that his market value won’t be hurt similar to the clause Beltran had in his contract this year.

  8. stevincinci - Nov 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Reds signed Chapman to a 6 year contract. Does that mean they have his rights for 8 years?

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      No.

  9. theonlynolan - Nov 19, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    After 6 years of MLB service time a player is free agent eligible. Because of time spent in the minors, the Reds may have the rights to Chapman for one year after his current contract expires.

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