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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:55 pm
 

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

The Marlins have blown enough bad money already.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:54 pm
 

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

Just when you thought they couldn't make any other strange moves, this happens!
Hell, they'll just trade him if he does any good anyways.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:35 pm
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Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:52 pm
 

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

lol @discobay Thats what the A's are known for. Are they still playing "Money Ball"..? He will be with the team this year, they WILL tank as a team, with there best pitcher being Dallas Braden, and they will end up trading him for 3 unknown prospects from the Yankees or another team that doupes them out of a player they plan on paying alot more money then the A's are known for spending. I lauged as soon as I seen that he signed with Oakland, the saddest thing is, I was a fan of the A's at one time. There Front office is full of idiots that should just move to Fremont and rebuild the whole organization, top to bottom.


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:26 pm
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:23 pm
 

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

What are the stats on this guy? What are his projections? This is the 2nd CBS Sports story I've read about this guy, but they don't tell us what type of hitter he is.  Is he a 5-tool caliber player? A speedster only? A power hitter? Can he hit for average? Who is this guy?!



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:10 pm
 

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

I think they've already got him traded for 3 unknown prospects.



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:55 pm
 

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

Beane now overpaying like sox and yanks.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:54 pm
 

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

Thank You  Marlins for not making the big mistake of signing this unproven nobody.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:38 pm
 

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

Amazing how all the "experts" missed on Albert going to the Angles, missed on Prince and the Tigers, and now Cespedes and the A's.  Why do we even listen to them, they're hardly, hardly ever correct.


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