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Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:37 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 9:39 am
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

We've all seen the awesome Yoennis Cespedes video by now (and if you haven't, make sure you watch it -- all 20 minutes to see the cooking segment at the end), but the question of when we'll see him holding up a major league uniform in a press conference is still in doubt. Because Cespedes is in the process of gaining residency in the Dominican Republic, he is not yet eligible to become a free agent until all the paperwork is done. That could be anywhere from two weeks to two months, Joe Frisaro of reports.

The 26-year-old Cuban outfielder is drawing interest from the Marlins, Red Sox, Cubs and Yankees -- so needless to say he's going to cost a couple of bucks to sign. Frisaro writes Cepedes is looking for a deal that is double the $30.25 million the Reds gave Aroldis Chapman two years ago. However, he can't begin to negotiate with teams until he is officially ruled a free agent by Major League Baseball.

The Marlins have already held a private workout for Cespedes, with other teams scheduled to follow suit in the next couple of weeks.

Frisaro writes that the Marlins want Cespedes to play center field for them, while the Red Sox are looking at him in right field.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:48 am

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

WOW, $60 mill for a guy that has played at a double A maybe triple A league talent wise. This will be between the yanks,sox,cubs and marlins. Take the money and run kid.

It looks like he is playing with wood bats in the photo, so that will not be an adjustment, but major league breaking pitches and change ups will be for sure. I think they should change the rules and make him go through the draft, this highest bidder crap for someone who is coming from other countries sucks. Make him take less money to get in our league, he will have the chance to earn more if he has success.Ii have not liked this since the Livan Hernandez days. What would he do if he had to waste a year holding out for that money, and his rights were owned by a team that needs the talent. Americans screwing americans is just classic us, give him all the money and call it a day. 

Funny comment about him not being from Cuba or Japan, still laughing at that one.   

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:22 am

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

Sox and Yankees are involved. Not only will he get the 60 million but maybe more. One of these two will over spend. He looks like right field for the sox with ellsbury in center and Crawford in left. With the Yanks it could be right field also with Granderson in Center and Gardner in left.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:34 am

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

i think he will be worth more then the 60 million but right now he hasn't proven it yet. So between 30-40 million should be right for now.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:49 pm

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

Giant Squid

Yoennis Cespedes is Cuban. He was born in Cuba. Hell he played for the Cuban National team in 2010.  You can't get much more Cuban than that.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:59 pm

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

I rather have this guy than any Japanese or Cuban import that arrived in the past not named Ichiro. Pay him and put him right in the majors to see what he can do.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:12 pm

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

He's got more pure overall talent than Chapman. Plus his power is supposedly on par with a Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. People would pay for more for a Pujols type potential over even a Roy Halladay type potential.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

I'm guessing he gets a deal under what champan received........Two years 30 mill.......IMO

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:16 pm

Yoennis Cespedes looking for $60 million?

60 million is an awful lot for a guy who has never played at this level. Yes his skill set is off the charts, but he's going to have an adjustment period getting used to the level of play in the MLB. I've read from multiple writers that the pro leagues he's been playing in are more like Class A level ball. I'm very intrigued to see this guy in the majors, but I don't think I'd pay 60 million for him.

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