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Orioles considered darkhorse for Yoenis Cespedes

Feb 12, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe, a must-read every weekend:

Yoenis Cespedes, CF, free agent – There was a lot of talk late in the week that the Orioles were the sleeper team for him. The Marlins, Tigers, and Cubs are also interested, but the Orioles are very aggressive in their pursuit of foreign-born players.

Cespedes paid a visit to Miami last week to meet with Marlins officials and was reportedly made a six-year offer worth a little under $40 million. If the O’s can top that proposal and the ones made by other interested clubs, they’ll obviously have a shot.

Cespedes, 26, batted .333/.424/.667 with 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games last year in Cuba.

  1. pisano - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    That would be like putting a silk hat on a pig.

  2. baddiez - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Breaking News… The Baltimore Orioles have now been banned from Cuba. More countries comming soon.

  3. charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    with markakis Jones and cespedes, the orioles would have one of the best outfields in MLB.

    • mrjavascript - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Why are people down-voting this? Yes it’s the Orioles, but an outfield of these three players would be incredibly athletic and fun to watch.

      • paperlions - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Because Jones has not progressed for the last couple of years in the field or at the plate (career .318 OBP, ouch), because Cespedes has never even faced AA-quality pitching in his life, and because Markakis was one of the worst everyday RF in the league last year.

        They might have the all upside outfield…but it won’t resemble anything like the best or most productive OF.

      • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Can they let their pitcher bat and assign the designated hitter to Cespedes’ slot in the order? Because if this guy hits ML pitching like he did in winter ball, they might well get more production out of their lineup that way….

      • sethb222 - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        “and because Markakis was one of the worst everyday RF in the league last year.”

        Are you Crazy?

        Markakis had a .1000 Fielding percentage, thats perfect and he won a gold glove…What are you talking about?

        his worst hitting season ever and he still hits.284 with a DOA Vlad protecting him in the order…DUMB!

      • paperlions - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        What am I talking about?

        First, errors and fielding % are useless because of the subjective nature of errors and the fact that anything a player can’t get to is a hit (when a better fielder would have turned it into an out). Markakis has poor range, in the bottom 1/2 of UZR and DRS for RF.

        Second, RF is an offensive position. Markakis had one of the lowest wRC+ and wOBA of RF last year. Batting average is an extremely incomplete way to summarize offensive production.

        Third, combine offense, defense, and base running and Markakis ranked 18th of 23 qualified RF with a WAR of 2.2.

        To summarize, any way you measure it, Markakis was one of the worst everyday RF in the majors last year

  4. randomdigits - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I just can not see PA forking over serious money for a player without a track record in MLB. It would go against everything he has done as owner to this point.

  5. 4cupsinarow - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I hope he brings plenty of rum for Joboo because this bust in the makings bats are very afraid of the curveball… Lol

  6. thejotapee - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Yoennsi just wrote on his twitter “@Yoenis_Cespedes: I think Miami could be best place for me in life…..”

    Sounds like he’s already made his decision. Go Marlins!!!!

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The A’s!! 4 yr/$36MM! Who saw THAT coming??

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