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Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

Feb 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening.

A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from the Dominican Republic to the United States within the next few days in order meet with teams that have expressed interest in him. Like the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles. And probably a few others.

Cespedes batted .333/.424/.667 with 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games last year in Cuba.

He’s got a chance to command more than $40 million on a guaranteed major league contract.

  1. b7p19 - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I have no REAL reason to think this, but I feel really good about this kid. Again, no facts/sound reasoning were used when formulating this opinion.

  2. bigharold - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    ” Again, no facts/sound reasoning were used when formulating this opinion.”

    That’s about right at least half the time around here.

    • cur68 - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      GUILTY!

      • bigharold - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        Aren’t we all at one point or another?

  3. whittle79 - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    His he 26 yrs old or 31 ??

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Is Jose Contreras in his 30s, 40s or 70s?

  4. burm61 - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    This has Cleveland written all over it… bust or 63 years old. Either way they’ll be wrong.

  5. uyf1950 - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The club that signs this guys for anything more then $15 to $20MM total for 4years or more will come to regret it.

    They also need to make sure if he bombs they can park him in the minor leagues and not waste a roster spot on him.

  6. nightrain42 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I think all international players shld be put in a draft, similar to the nfl’s supplemental draft. Makes no sense that guys like this normally go to the big spending teams. No that they hve slotting on the reg draft, poor teams like the royals and pirates really don’t stand a chance. No way the bucco’s get Josh Bell without overpaying

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      Prepare to be slammed on the whole revenue sharing thing and how small markets can spend all they want, just like the big market teams.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:46 AM

      I have a real hard time sympathizing with either the Royals or Pirates or their fans. The Pirates have been awful forever and the Royals for nearly as long. Both these teams have drafted high for years now and to say they are mediocre would be giving them to much credit.

      Add in the fact that both those teams play in the Central Division of their respective leagues with mostly other small and medium market teams there can be no excuse for their poor performance over the years relative to their peers other than mismanagement of once proud franchises.

      As Utley’s Hair said don’t get me started on the whole revenue sharing subject.

      • cshearing - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        Yeah, revenue sharing has ruined the NFL. Oh wait…

      • uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        cshearing – talk to me when the NFL has 100% guaranteed contracts.

        Do you know how many NFL teams for the 2009/10 season had a payroll under $90MM? 3 out of 32 teams.

        Do you know ow many MLB teams in 2011 had a payroll under $90MM? 17 out of 30 teams. More than half.

        Please don’t bring up the NFL in this discussion. It’s not an apples to apples comparison.

    • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      If you want Latin American kids to quit playing baseball, then you should be in favor of a world-wide draft. Because MLB teams with completely stop investing in training facilities if that happens….no team is going to pay to develop talent that can be drafted by any team. Without those training facilities there is no one in Latin American to draft.

      • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        *”will completely stop”, not “with completely…”

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        That’s a bit of an exaggeration. In Venezuela at least they would still play, Winter Ball may not sound exciting to this audience but many a great game gets played down there. It is true that the quality may well slip, but being a player in the professional league is still a pretty decent enough way to earn a living locally.

      • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        They would still play….yes…but no one would pay to develop the talent….and the quality of the baseball would slowly dwindle, just as it has in Puerto Rico.

  7. Walk - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Got some mixed feeling on him myself. On the ones hand he is absolutely raking. On the other hand at a reported 26? he is raking A ball or high A type competition. At that age he should have made his mlb debut but there is some upside to that if you think about it. Teams on low end of the market typically lose their sluggers just after arbitration ends. This happens right in a players prime. The team that gets him may very well get him through his prime. I do not think arbitration applies the same way to international players but geting this guy now at his age may very well force him to take a longer initial contract and may even be at a lower rate just for financial security on his part. I am a bit fuzzy on how arbitration years work for international players and that confuses me some on value of any contract they get but it seems to me that the upside on this contract could be huge and the downside equally daunting.

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