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Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:33 pm
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One team that won't win the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes is the Giants, because, like Lotto, you gotta be in it to win.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said at the team's FanFest on Saturday (via the San Francisco Chronicle) that his team would not bid on the Cuban outfielder.

"The price tag is probably beyond what his talent is," Sabean said.

The Cubs, Marlins and White Sox are considered favorites for the 26-year-old, with the Orioles and Tigers also seen as possible landing spots.

On Thursday, Marlins president David Samson told that his team is "aggressively negotiating" a contract with Cespedes.

At this point it seems Cespedes will likely land a deal larger than Aroldis Chapman's six-year, $30.25 million deal signed in 2010. Cespedes could command $40 million or more.

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Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:45 am

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

It would be pretty funny to see this guy on the same team as Adam Dunn. Their combined average might approach .200 and would strike out more between the two of them then the whole roster of some other teams.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:53 am

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

I don't blame Sabean. Cespedes has looked awful during the winter league. The speed and power is there, but his pitch selection is horrid. He is all or nothing. Strikeout or long ball.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:00 am

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Even if this guy tops out at Alexi Ramirez  numbers who is a comparible Cuban prospect. The investment in MLb standards is worth it. Sabean sounds stupid when his team is desperate for offense. Signing Theriot and trading for melky please the risk is worth it, Sabean just can't compete in the bidding because he blew his load on over the hill FA. San Fran wants him but can't afford him don't know why because I don't know who they are paying on offense,

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:47 am

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Nobody knows what Cespedes is going to do in MLB, but from everything I've read the kid has all the tools to become something special.  That being said he's never played a game in North America yet and MLB is pretty tough on people.  

I don't think there is much of an in between here.  Either this kid really turns heads and does something special within a couple years in MLB or he doesn't do much.  For 40 to 50 million dollars I hope the team that signs him gets their money's worth.


Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:01 am

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

That's an interesting quote from Sabean if the tone was the anywhere near the way I read it. I don't know that I buy all the hype regarding Cespedes yet either, but I think that's a pretty short-sited comment.

Perhaps he should have said, "I've made some terrible signings in my time here that have handicapped my ability to pursue any real offensive threats. Good thing we draft well". 

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