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Yoenis Cespedes says the Cubs have had “the most interest”

Jan 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last week Yoenis Cespedes named six teams that have shown heavy interest in signing him and yesterday the Cuban outfielder revealed that the Cubs have had “the most interest in me.”

Cespedes told the Associated Press that he’s “had dinner a couple of times” with Cubs officials and “they have shown more interest than others.” Of course, he also added that “we have talked a lot, but that doesn’t mean that I am going to sign with them.”

In the meantime, Cespedes has struggled mightily in the Dominican winter league after many people wondered why he’d risk hurting his market value with a sub par performance in front of scouts.

And while the Cubs have shown the most interest in him the White Sox are also in the mix, with fellow Cuban defector Dayan Viciedo doing his best to recruit Cespedes to the South Side.

  1. bloodysock - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    The uniform change for him going to the Cubs would certainly be the easiest with only the last letter needing to be different.

    • hackerjay - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Heck, they could just go back to their late 90’s road jerseys, and Cespedes would feel right at home!
      http://www.cubbiedoc.com/2011/12/cubans-and-mid-90s-cubs.html

  2. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Indulge my lethargy, please, I’m painting my dining room today. How badly is he doing in the Dominican Weenter League?

    • bloodysock - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Game 1

      Yoenis Cespedes strikes out swinging.
      Yoenis Cespedes strikes out swinging.
      Yoenis Cespedes strikes out swinging.
      Yoenis Cespedes hit by pitch.

      Game 2

      Yoenis Cespedes grounds out, shortstop Pedro Florimon to first baseman Mauro Gomez.
      Yoenis Cespedes strikes out swinging.
      Yoenis Cespedes pops out to catcher Wilkin Castillo in foul territory.
      Yoenis Cespedes pops out to first baseman Mauro Gomez.

      Game 3

      Yoenis Cespedes strikes out swinging.
      Yoenis Cespedes singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Carlos Triunfel.
      Yoenis Cespedes pops out to third baseman Carlos Triunfel.
      Yoenis Cespedes grounds out, shortstop Anderson Hernandez to first baseman Robinson Cancel.

      Game 4

      Yoenis Cespedes grounds out, third baseman Fernando Tatis to first baseman Mauro Gomez.
      Yoenis Cespedes lines out to left fielder Denis Phipps.
      Yoenis Cespedes grounds into a force out, third baseman Fernando Tatis to second baseman Julio Lugo. Jesse Gutierrez out at 2nd.
      Yoenis Cespedes grounds out softly, catcher Wilkin Castillo to first baseman Mauro Gomez.

      Game 5

      Yoenis Cespedes lines into a force out
      Yoenis Cespedes called out on strikes (on a 87mph Fastball in.)
      Yoenis Cespedes grounds out, shortstop Erick Aybar to first baseman Donell Linares.
      Yoenis Cespedes singles on a fly ball to right fielder Michael Martinez. Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Juan Perez replaces Yoenis Cespedes.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Well there’s your problem: he’s up against Julio Lugo! No one can look good against Lugo.

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        The guy has never faced competition better than A ball, not even high-A level competition, and he’s 26. Maybe he’ll adjust and be an impact bat in the majors….but there is a giant gap between the competition he has faced and the competition in the Majors, and most minor leaguers hit their ceiling somewhere in that gap.

        Of importance, Cespedes number in Cuba are nice, but they have coincided with a league-wide increase in offense in the league. He is not head and shoulders above the other “elite” Cuban players in his league…indeed, he likely isn’t the best hitter in the league…he is among the best….but he is in no way crushing the competition. To me, that doesn’t scream major league star.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Really? Man, if he goes to my Cubs, I hope he doesn’t get overpaid. I’m done with guys not living up to their salaries at Wrigley.

  4. joeydafish - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I don’t care if he hits or wiffs, if he’s overpaid, underpaid or NEVER paid as long as he helps push Soriano out the door.

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