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A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:50 pm
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Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans


In a shocker, the Oakland A's have agreed to sign Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal worth $36 million, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports. CBSSports.com has also confirmed that Cespedes has been cleared by the U.S. Treasury's Department of Foreign Assets Control, meaning he's free to sign his deal with Oakland.

The Marlins were reportedly the most aggressive -- and obviously the most public -- of the bidders for the 26-year-old center fielder. The Cubs, White Sox, Indians, Orioles and Tigers were also interested in signing him. The A's were mentioned last week as having some interest in Cespedes, but were never seen as the front-runner. However, in the end the Marlins offered Cespedes the same amount of money as the A's, but over two more seasons. The Marlins offer, according to Heyman, was $36 million for six years, not the $40 million being reported by some. The A's deal precludes the team from offering Cespedes arbitration, meaning he will become a free agent after the 2015 season at the age of 30.

Oakland, it should be noted, made a strong bid for Aroldis Chapman two years ago when he signed with the Reds.

The A's signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year, $14 million deal this offseason with an option for 2014. Some, though, have wondered if Cespedes isn't more of a corner outfielder than a center fielder, so he could move and the team could leave Crisp in center. Oakland, though, also added Josh Reddick and Seth Smith to its outfield this offseason.

Cespedes, though, is expected to need some time in the minors, but at $9 million a year, he's unlikely to spend much time in the likes of Sacramento, Midland or Stockton. He struggled in his showing in the Dominican Winter League, but he still has a combination of raw power and great speed.

Tim Brown of Yahoo.com first reported Cespedes had chosen to sign with the A's.

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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:10 pm
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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:19 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Like the TV show Storage Wars, a bidding war has unfolded. Now, Cepedes could be an expensive mediocre player or star. To me, he looks more like a Cameron Maybin than a Sammy Sosa. Nice to see Oakland make the gutsy move. Hope he does well.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:53 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Go Billy Bean! 
Although this was probably Jonah Hill's idea. 



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:35 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

The original poster is NOT racist as they are just pointing out a fact that ILLEGALS have taken jobs away.

 

I am sick and tired of people pulling race card when one calls out an illegal and say  one is racist because that person decided to enter a country illegally....THAT IS NOT A RACE ITS A DECISION!!!!


There are options to entering the country....in the case of CESPEDES, he is using a WORK VISA therefore your argument should have just pointed out the fact he is on a work visa.....but then one can bring up H-1B visa's are still taking jobs away from americans too.


100% Agree with you.




Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:33 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

they are going down to the Rangers this year.So have a nice day.



LOL when if ever has the Rangers ever been relevant? Go Wings!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:20 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Great move for A's.  They need someone to give the fans some hope.  They are starting to build for future when they finally get a new ball park in San Jose.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:53 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

The original poster is NOT racist as they are just pointing out a fact that ILLEGALS have taken jobs away.

 

I am sick and tired of people pulling race card when one calls out an illegal and say  one is racist because that person decided to enter a country illegally....THAT IS NOT A RACE ITS A DECISION!!!!


There are options to entering the country....in the case of CESPEDES, he is using a WORK VISA therefore your argument should have just pointed out the fact he is on a work visa.....but then one can bring up H-1B visa's are still taking jobs away from americans too.








Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:24 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Let's Go Rangers!

A's still won't win 60 games.  Put that in your Humboldt County pipe and smoke it!

It's always Naptober in Arlington!


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:02 pm
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Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:56 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

That's why they are called rumors my friend.


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