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Giants think Yoenis Cespedes will cost more than he’s worth

Feb 4, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was hearing rumblings in mid-November that the Giants would be one of nine major league teams in the running for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. But we can now scratch San Francisco off the list of potential landing spots for the much-hyped 26-year-old outfielder.

Giants GM Brian Sabean told Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday that his team is not planning to pursue Cespedes because “the price tag is probably beyond what his talent is.”

Cespedes’ contract is expected surpass $30 million, and early reports even had him approaching the $60 million mark. The Giants have long-term contract negotiations on the horizon with starters Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, and can’t afford to take such a massive financial risk on a raw and unproven commodity.

The Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles are thought to be the most actively involved.

  1. icomethru - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Giants fans also think barry Zito’s contract cost more than its worth lol

  2. granted42 - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    “the price tag is probably beyond what his talent is.”

    This from the man that gave Zito $126 mil, Rowand $60 mil, and Tejada $6 mil. The problem isn’t that his talent won’t match his pay. The problem is he’s too young for Sabes to sign.

    • JBerardi - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Exactly. When Brian Sabean signs a guy for 30 million dollars, he expects him to be at least 35 years old. 26? Why, that’s hardly any years at all! Cespedes is going to have to try harder than that if he wants to play for the Giants.

  3. simon94022 - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Sabean is almost certainly right in this case.

  4. 49erscott - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    You mean 32 year old right?

  5. crisisjunky - Feb 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Considering the likelihood Cespedes is accurately 29ish, Brian figures after the 5yr 55-60 mil deal with the Feesh runs it’s course He will be Aaron Rowand / Miggy Tejada, thus perfect for the team, AT THAT TIME.

  6. thomas2727 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Of course he will be overpaid in relation to the risk of him being a bust.

    But the question Giants fans should be asking is why does ownership continue plead poverty when they have “territorial rights” to the Silicon Valley which is one of the wealthiest areas in the country and every seat in the park was sold last season?

  7. detroitcityryda - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Hope the tigers sign him then we will own every team put there just destroy your whole ball park experience so much by the time you’re supposed to sing take me out to the ball game you will be going home .oh yea take take that (p.diddy voice)

    • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      I suppose I would rather have a destroyed ballpark experience than a destroyed neighborhood experience. Go right on living in the post-economic meltdown extended slum of yours and keep on smiling.

  8. rcali - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Seriously, that’s not his real name.

  9. cyanocittacristata - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Well you don’t plunk down 30-40M of ducats on a Cuban dude that probably can’t smack a breaking pitch. The pitching in Cuba is a mess with Aroldis being the last of good young turks and the gilded vets on their way to the glue factory. This guy has seen A to AA pitching at best on the island…the boy is gonna be roasted like that pig in his video if they throw him in the MLB pit. That’s big money to pay for a guy that needs finishing in the minors, let alone he might have to move off CF. Sabian like ‘em grey and feeble anyway…

  10. cereal blogger - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Peter Angelos win a negotiation….yeah, cound the O’s out

  11. ccmf69 - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Now, if the guy was 47, and in a wheelchair, Brian would sign him, and start him in center…

  12. mojosmagic - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    He is 26 in Cuban years and can’t hit a minor league curve ball. Good luck.

  13. hittfamily - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    BJ Upton or Yoenis Cespedes? Same age. According to what I read earlier, 8 scouts want BJ, 5 scouts want Cespedes. Based on that, I think Upton is underrated.

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