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Yoenis Cespedes’ four-year contract with the Athletics is official

Mar 3, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The Athletics just officially announced that they have agreed to terms with Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year contract.

The Cuban outfielder arrived in A’s camp this morning and passed a pre-signing physical in order to make the deal official. He is scheduled to be introduced to the media during a press conference tomorrow morning. No word on if Ahman Green will be in attendance.

11:27 AM: The wait is over.

Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract with the Athletics last month, but the deal isn’t yet finalized because he has been waiting on a work visa in the Dominican Republic. However, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 26-year-old outfielder has finally arrived in Athletics’ camp this morning.

The first order to business is for Cespedes to undergo a physical in order to make his contract with Oakland official. He isn’t expected to work out with the team or address the media today.

Cespedes is a little bit behind the other position players in camp, but he still has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day. He is expected to open the season as the A’s starting center fielder, pushing Coco Crisp over to left field.

  1. cur68 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Will his physical be the subject of a Cespedes Montage? I’ve just come to expect that all his workouts are a media event with Production Values, shirtlessness and StarWars-esque “Fade Into The Universe” text. This is my last hope…

    • ditto65 - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Physical vids are AWESOME!

  2. muckthefets23 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    In instantly reminded of Team America’s song “Everybody needs a Montage” and thinking of Cespedes running up a mountain range only to get to the top to scream: DRAGOOOO!!!!!

  3. rob0527 - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Yes he might be behind some players at camp, but he is in great shape and should have no problem earning starting job.

  4. westsideculture - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Put him in. Let’s see what he’s got.

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