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Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him.

According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and Indians.

Miami’s interest is certainly no secret at this point and both Chicago teams have previously been linked to the 26-year-old outfielder, but it’s interesting to note that Washington is not on his list despite plenty of speculation that the Nationals were interested.

Clay Davenport of Baseball Prospectus crunched the numbers on Cespedes’ performance in Cuba and projects him as a .250 hitter with 25-homer power in America, so if the interested teams have a similarly good but not great view of his value–as opposed to his rumored $50 million hopes from a couple months ago–that could explain why he’s risking injury and overexposure by playing winter ball in the hopes of driving his price up.

  1. crisisjunky - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    if he signs with Miami, he will have some mammoth H.R.s, and some prodigious K/swingin’s…..
    and along with Stanton, lead the league in long flyball outs in The Windfall Dome.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    No Yankees or Red Sox! Fiscal responsibility sucks! I am surprised to see the Indians on the list, because of the story about Pena which indicated that they needed higher up approval to spend the money necessary to sign Pena.

  3. kyjp55 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    If Clay Davenport is right on this kids numbers, he sounds like another Alfonso Soriano. Please Cubs, do not get involved with this kid, let Miami have him. Miami owner will find out not to listen to Ozzie, I guess he will learn from his own mistakes. One of the reasons why the White Sox let Ozzie go.

    • trevorb06 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      If anything he seems like a more athletic version of Carlos Pena.

      • hackerjay - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I think Soriano is the better comp. I don’t see any way he has Pena’s patience. I’m guessing Cespedes will walk like 40 times in a good year.
        Still, if he’s a really good fielder, a .260/.320/.500 line with 20-30 homers is very useful.

  4. errorcard - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Asked about las night’s performance, Cespedes said, “Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.”

    • somekat - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Drining Jobu’s rum is very bad

      very bad

  5. DJ MC - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Davenport said that, in his opinion, the best comparable player to Cespedes is Adam Jones. The Orioles are already either actively shopping or at least listening to offers for Jones both due to the talent he would bring back and to avoiding the question of whether he would sign an extension in Baltimore.

    So if the Birds are really interested in Cespedes and willing to outbid the other teams for his services, it brings up some interesting questions about the team’s plans. Would they trade Jones for several prospects, sign Cespedes (likely for significantly less than a Jones extension would cost) and live through a year or two of his adjustment pains to, hopefully, end up with a net positive in team talent overall?

    That’s something to seriously consider, especially if the scouts brought back good reports when the team scouted him.

  6. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    This guy is going to be the latterday incarnation of Orestes Destrade for the Feesh – at three or four times the price. Oh whoopee. Maybe they can adjust that stupid conniptual art fiasco out beyond center field to start jiggin on any ball that gets hit further than 350 feet. If they wait for home runs in that Yellowstone Caldera of an outfield, it’s going to rust solid in the Macondo humidity while it waits for a legitimate excuse to make a fool of itself.

  7. yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Indians?

    LOL Indians?

    Ya right

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