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  1. Report: Jorge Soler to sign with an organization by Monday

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Mike Puma and George King III of the New York Post pass along this big-time update on the status of a particular unsigned Cuban defector: According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow. Meaning negotiations are currently underway. The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves…

  2. Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers bidding on Jorge Soler

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney reports that the first round of bidding on Cuban free agent Jorge Soler are in — his agent wanted bids by yesterday — and that the Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers have been the most aggressive. The Cubs are not surprising given that they’ve been whispered about having strong interest in Soler and, in…

  3. Cuban free agent Jorge Soler wants all bids by Thursday

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Now that Cuban defector Jorge Soler has finally been declared a free agent his representatives have asked all interested teams to submit bids by this Thursday, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Levine reports that the price for Soler is expected to exceed $25 million and timing the bidding war for him during the…

  4. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is officially a free agent

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Let the bidding begin. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is now officially a free agent and can sign with any team. We haven’t heard much on Soler over the past couple of months, as he has been waiting to be cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets…

  5. Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000

    May 3, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000. Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in…

  6. Cubs GM denies having agreement with Jorge Soler, calls rumors “completely bogus”

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

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    It’s been six weeks since Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were going to sign Cuban defector Jorge Soler, yet the 19-year-old outfielder remains unsigned and still hasn’t even officially been granted free agent status. And today Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com not to believe…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes reaches “demigod” status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    As soon as the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million and started talking about him as an option in center field Coco Crisp made it clear that he wouldn’t be giving up the position without a fight, saying: “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me…

  8. 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…

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

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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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…

  10. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    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…

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

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    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 —…

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

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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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…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Photo of the Day

    Mar 10, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

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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…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes to make Athletics’ debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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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…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Mar 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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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.

  19. 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.…

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

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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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…

  22. Bummer: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    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:…

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

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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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,…

  24. What Manny Ramirez brings the A’s

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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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…

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