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Yoenis Cespedes turned down six-year offer from Cubs

Mar 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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From Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned down a six-year, $36 million contract offer from the Cubs last month before inking his four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s. Wittenmyer explains:

In addition to the significant difference in annual salary, the center fielder told his agent he didn’t want a six-year deal from anybody. If not four, [Cespedes] wanted eight or more.

The Cubs wouldn’t go that long, and they also wouldn’t agree to a clause that would make Cespedes ineligible for arbitration. The Athletics did, meaning the 26-year-old can hit the open market again at age 30.

Cespedes is 3-for-16 in the Cactus League with a home run, two singles, two walks and six strikeouts. He batted .333/.424/.667 with 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games last year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional.

  1. jason1214 - Mar 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Cespedes should’ve been a FA in 2011, Hendry would’ve probably given him 8 years AND a full no trade clause.
    8 years though, thats funny Cespedes.

    • 78mu - Mar 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Hendry was shocked to discover none of the players in Cuba had 8 year contracts for 20 million per. He promptly sent his resume to every team on the island.

      • jason1214 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        Don’t forget no trade clauses he handed like candy

  2. paperlions - Mar 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    If he could face Jeff Francis all season, he’d be an All-Star….but then, who wouldn’t?

  3. racksie - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Yeah, this guy is a mental dynamo. Bad advice. I can get 6, but I want 8. So instead I’ll take 4. Huh? Apparently math is not a priority in his life.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Being a FA again at 30 or 32?
      His math seems fine, I question yours though

      • racksie - Mar 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Lets see how that arm is at 30. He will likely make less after this contract expires. I stand by my math. .And is he really his stated age? Highly unlikely.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Lets see how that arm is?
        Yup arms are the 1st to go, remember when Andre Dawson didn’t throw people out at 1st from the outfield as a Cub?

        Now Im questioning more than your math

    • racksie - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I still stand by my math. The head injuries have not helped my memory of who he is though. Sorry. So confused. But seriously, why would you want to go to FA at 30? When you can get guaranteed money for two more years? Let’s check back in four years and see how this works out.

      • xmatt0926x - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Racksie, you may be right that he will regret not going for more years, but the point is that he’s betting on himself. He’s gambling that he will be what everyone hopes he will be and then he will have the leverage at age 30 to land a final monster contract. If he waits until 32 then age comes into play. If he takes the Cubs longer deal now then he potentially loses several years of big money. It may be only 2 years difference but with the recent contract negotiations for Pujols and Fielder we have seen how each year into someone’s 30’s can make a huge difference.

      • racksie - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Valid point. I just think he was taking the advice of an agent, who wants the cash now, and not the guy who has to play the game. Hopefully he saves the cash he get’s now, because history shows people peak at 28. And if my math is right, 30 is two years past 28. Bad advice. And drug testing is only getting better.

      • samu0034 - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Because it’s the same money over 4 years rather than 6, and he hits free agency at 30 rather than 32. I’m not sure what you’re failing to recognize.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        Why post on a baseball website if you have no understanding of the game?

      • racksie - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Because i don’t like you.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        You know, I’m okay with that.

  4. mrfloydpink - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM


  5. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    To play for a team going nowhere. Smart….

    • paperlions - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Professional baseball (as any professional sport) is about making money first, making money second, making money third, and winning baseball games 4th (or somewhere later in the priority list). He’s getting $36M for 4 years as an essentially unproven talent (Cuban baseball is equivalent to low A minor league ball with much greater variation in talent (i.e. the worst players are worse than anything in A ball and the best are better than anything there).

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        No question it’s a great deal for Cespedes. I think he will be a great player, but I’m still not sure what the A’s were thinking.

    • hcf95688 - Mar 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      “…for a team going nowhere.”

      As opposed to playing for the Cubs, who have made a cottage industry out of going nowhere.

  6. jason1214 - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    For every Cuban or Japanese players that actually is WORTH the money (I can count on 1 hand how many are), you have dozens that are busts, both as players and financially. Glad the A’s took the plunge, better than my Cubbies.

    • JBerardi - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      You must have quite the birth defect.

      • jason1214 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        OK I’ll wait…… me the Japanese/Cuban players of the past 25 years that were worth the $$?

      • jason1214 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Here I’ll do it for ya……………..Nomo, Ichiro, Alexi Ramirez, Kuroda & H. Matsui………….everyone else has done nada. Don’t give me Yu Darvish cause we don’t know yet.

  7. johnnyru131 - Mar 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    36 mil in 4 years is 9 mil a year. 36 mil in 6 years is 6 mil a year. So after his 4 year contract he’ll have 36 mil and lets say he does a 2 year contract for 18 mil total, he’ll have an extra 18 mil in where as if he took the 6 year deal, he’d have 18mil less money. The 4 year deal is the SMARTEST deal. Whatever money he gets after the four year deal will be bonus money.

  8. dadawg77 - Mar 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Why is everyone forgetting the arbitration waiver. With a six year deal the Cubs could have sent him minors till June and had him for onr more year, thus he would have became a FA at 33. With the A’s he becomes an UFA at 30 and if he live up to the hype gets at least five at $17 million a year, a lot more then he would have received in the Cubs deal. If he is merely good he easily gets four years at same amount he would have made with the Cubs.

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