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  1. Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

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    It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too? I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job: Beane would not guarantee…

  2. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

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    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  3. Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

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    CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final. Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EST

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    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  5. Photos of the Day: Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes take BP

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes

    I know we already had a Photo of the Day. I don’t care. Batting practice was fun this morning. The pics are real. The dialogue, I made up. Manny Ramirez: See the ball, hit the ball. That’s all you gotta do, Yoenis. It’s really easy. Yoenis Cespedes:  I see the ball … Yoenis Cespedes: I…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training Coco Crisp is an anti-baldite too

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

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    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. At this point I probably need an intervention. If you see me out someplace, kneeling on a warning track, squaring up a photo of an equipment bag on the grass, you are authorized to knock me over and take my camera away from me. I’m at Phoenix Municipal Stadium…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: Photo of the Day

    Mar 10, 2012, 9:22 AM EST

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    Actually this was a photo of the night.  This is my friend Connor rocking the Expos gear last night: Also worth noting that I’ve hung out with Jonah Keri for a couple of days down here. Jonah grew up on the Expos and is writing an Expos book.  Between Connor and Jonah I think I…

  8. Yoenis Cespedes to make Athletics’ debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

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    After arriving in Arizona last weekend and showcasing his power potential during simulated games this week, the highly-touted Yoenis Cespedes is finally ready to make his Athletics’ debut. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is scheduled to start in center field and bat second tomorrow afternoon against the Reds. And Craig…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Yoenis Cespedes Mania — if that’s going to be a thing — is about to hit Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the A’s play their spring training games. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is expected to be ready to make his Cactus League debut “by this weekend.” The 26-year-old Cuban defector…

  10. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes is an Oakland A

    Mar 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Jane Lee comes this shot of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes being officially introduced at a press conference Sunday morning in Phoenix, Arizona. A’s GM Billy Beane looks absolutely giddy.

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

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

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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.…

  12. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  13. GM: Yoenis Cespedes to arrive in A’s camp “very soon”

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Yoenis Cespedes has yet to obtain a work visa from the Dominican Republic three weeks after signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s, but general manager Billy Beane said yesterday that the team expects him in camp “very soon.” Jane Lee of MLB.com writes that “there’s a strong possibility” Cespedes will arrive at…

  14. Bummer: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s a sad day when a cocksure young man who doesn’t have the best filter in the world decides that having a forum to instantly share his opinions is not a good idea.  But, alas, that day has come. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: This may qualify as the biggest news of Nationals camp so far:…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes will be in A’s camp this weekend

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

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    Centerfielder/demigod Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t made it to A’s camp in Phoenix yet due to having to wait for a work visa to come through.  But Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that that should be resolved shortly and that Cespedes should join the team this weekend. He’ll still need to take a physical to,…

  16. What Manny Ramirez brings the A’s

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

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    Here’s was Oakland’s projected lineup two weeks ago: 2B Jemile Weeks – S CF Coco Crisp – S LF Seth Smith – L C Kurt Suzuki – R RF Josh Reddick – L 3B Scott Sizemore – R DH Brandon Allen – L 1B Daric Barton – L SS Cliff Pennington – S And here’s…

  17. Yankees, Phillies going hard after Cuban OF Jorge Soler

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 PM EST

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    With Yoenis Cespedes officially signed and sealed by Oakland, the market for fellow Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is really beginning to heat up. And two early front-running suitors have been identified. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the teams “in hardest on” the 19-year-old Soler at this time are the Yankees and Phillies. The…

  18. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler works out for Blue Jays

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

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    Rumors that the Cubs already had a deal in place for Jorge Soler proved inaccurate and now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the 19-year-old outfielder worked out for the Blue Jays this morning at their complex in the Dominican Republic. According to Sanchez, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was there along with several other members…

  19. Coco Crisp doesn’t want to give up center field unless Yoenis Cespedes is “a demigod”

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Things may change once everyone gets an extended look at Yoenis Cespedes during spring training, but for now the A’s are said to be thinking about starting him in center field and incumbent center fielder Coco Crisp isn’t thrilled about the news. Crisp, who re-signed with the A’s for two years and $14 million in…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: What are the A’s doing signing Cespedes?

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    Yoennis Cespedes

    That’s one question.  Another: why, after taunting the host, Russ Thaler, on Twitter about it all day yesterday, did I then go ahead and mispronounce Yoenis Cespedes‘ last name? We’ll never know!  But it probably had something to do with the fact that, as we were broadcasting this thing live last night, my cat was…

  21. The Yankees may get in on the Jorge Soler action

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EST

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    This morning we learned that the Cubs were going to sign Jorge Soler.  Apparently the fat lady hasn’t sung on that one yet: Sources: Yankees have serious interest on OFer Jorge Soler, among many teams. Cubs are not close to signing Soler, as has been reported. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 14, 2012   After…

  22. Jorge Soler expected to sign with the Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

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    When it comes to Cuban free agents, everyone’s attention has been on Yoenis Cespedes.  But, as the man said, there is another. His name is Jorge Soler.  He’s and outfielder who profiles as a corner guy, long term. He has the same sorts of tools as Cespedes. He’s much younger too: 19. And according to Dave…

  23. The Oakland A’s in 2014

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

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    Though they’ve since made moves geared more for the short-term in re-signing Coco Crisp and trading for Seth Smith, the A’s pretty much gave up on 2012 when they shipped out pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey for youngsters. That’s still true even after they anted up $36 million for Yoenis Cespedes. Their eyes are…

  24. A’s could strike gold with Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The A’s finally pulled off their big international signing. Oakland wanted Aroldis Chapman two years ago, but came up short when the Reds bid $30 million for six years. Last winter, they were willing to commit $36 million to bring Hisashi Iwakuma over from Japan, but since $19.1 million of that was in the form…

  25. Yoenis Cespedes signs with the Oakland Athletics

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

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    We weren’t expecting this:  Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that Yoenis Cespedes is on the verge of signing with the Oakland Athletics.  Susan Slusser added that the deal will be for four years, $36 million. That’s a bit lower than anyone thought he’d get.  Is it possible that his short, lackluster stint in winter ball hurt…

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