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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:38 pm
 

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

Striking out 16 times in your first 20 at bats would land you in the minors. I am glad the Marlins did not sign him.

Also the Marlins offered him a 6 yr deal at 36 Million. Only 20 Million was guaranteed while the rest was based on performance bonuses. SURPRISE SURPRISE. Of course he wouldn't take  a deal like that if he has to earn a bulk of his contract.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:30 pm
 

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

He might be a rascist but you sound like an idiot, the guy who posted that lives in grand blanc Michigan not Detroit Michigan. Dont forget Detroit is only a very small city in Michigan not the entire state and is over a 100 miles from detroit. So call out his city not someone elses. If not your in the same boat as him with the name calling.



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:25 pm
 

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

Another poor decision by Billy Beane, what a surprise. 


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:15 pm
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Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:13 pm
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Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:12 pm
 

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

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

this was an exact tweet from buster olney this after noon, funny how it finds a way exactly into another reporters story.




Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:11 pm
 

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

It sounds as though you pretty much agree with everything I said so I am trying to figure your point of replying but...anyway. Baseball does not have a salary cap....but they do have that luxury tax and the teams end up paying more money on top of the contracts paid out when they eat a bad contract and then have to sign another to replace that guy. That bumps up the luxury tax amount and thus increases overall payroll. Some teams are paying contracts from five years ago or longer for a player that isn't even around PLUS paying for the new players that are there PLUS the luxury tax penalties for all combined contracts for that year. I believe that MLB overall payroll expenditures are the most exhorbitant in sports. You could literally be paying 50 guys at once for a 25 man roster and the luxury tax monies that follow them.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:31 pm
 

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

"Moneyball Part II starting Ving Rhames as Yoenis Cespedes "


Funny since he is probably, really, the same age as Ving Rhames.  



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:07 pm
 

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

He should have signed with the Marlins. He could have swam back home on his off days.



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:56 pm
 

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

How ironic this guy is going to spend his career in the minors after all!


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