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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: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:06 pm
 

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

99 rbi's in 90 games



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:04 pm
 

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

Are you kidding?  Imagine how many prospects the A's will be able to trade this guy for in a few months.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:04 pm
 

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

It just might work out. Peacock and Parker can pitch and now we'll see if they can do it in the majors. If Cespedes produces in the minors they'll bring him up in June and the A's might be fun to watch. Having said that, I'm glad my Nats got Gio, I know they'll be fun to watch. 


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:04 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:59 pm
 

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

"So no, bad contracts do NOT haunt baseball teams like they do in salary cap leagues like the NBA, NFL or NHL.  They don't restrict a baseball team from making new moves.  The teams may do it to themselves for budgetary reasons, but that is a self-made restriction.  Not the same at all."

"Self-made restriction"?  It's still a buisness, if youre one of the 28 teams that can't absorb a bad contract, having one severely limits your ability to compete without losing money.

Guaranteed deals are a far greater obstacle than salary caps where you can usually cut most of a deal out if you need to. Most baseball teams spent right up to what they can afford to, salary cap or not they pretty much all have a certain number they're not going above. 



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:48 pm
 

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

Moneyball Part II starting Ving Rhames as Yoenis Cespedes



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:47 pm
 

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

It is a good addition by Oakland but it really doesn't matter since they just traded their 3 best pitchers. I would be excited if Oakland still had the lowest ERA staff in the American League and they signed a potential hitting threat. Since they will not have nearly one of the best staffs anymore I really do not see this lifting the A's as much as it could have. Cahill, Gonzales, Bailey, and Anderson (healthy) was the only reason to go to Oakland to watch games besides cheap tickets. 3 of those reasons are gone now. This guy even if he is great will probably play 2-3 years in Oakland and end up in Florida, New York, or Boston. 



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:42 pm
 

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

Wow! Billy Beane is working a little magic. If this guy hits in spring training, the A's have a legit middle of the lineup bat. They still have a ton of young starting pitching  (as always) and the outfield would be pretty decent. I'm not saying they will win the division, but there will certainly be some improvment from last year. Good signing A's. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:41 pm
 

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

Bad contracts dont haunt baseball teams like the NFL/NBA/NHL? Are you serious? In the NFL you can sign a guy to a 6 yr  $100 million contract and cut him after a year or two and you owe him nothing more. In the MLB you owe every penny to the player for the whole duration of the deal, even if the guy dies a week later.The MLB and the NBA are the most hamstrung leagues in regards to contract signing....all guaranteed deals. Take Kevin Kolb for example...under his contract he has (i think) 3 yrs remaining at 7-8 million per yr. If the Cards cut him by a certain date this year they won't owe him a dime. Now on to the Cespedes deal....i agree that it is lunacy to spend this money on an unproven guy after trading half your starting pitching rotation during the offseason. I think Billy may be letting Brad Pitt actually do his job right now.

While you are right that (for example) the in the NFL you can cut a bad contract, the problem is the salary cap.  If there was a signing bonus (and in Kolb's case it may not be a big one) the signing bonus, which is paid up front but felt on the salary cap over a number of years, is accelerated for the current one.  In MLB, as long as you have more money to spend, you can absorb the loss and move on, no worries.  No salary cap to contend with.  You can spend a billion dollars on guys that you cut, and it does not hurt you.  And do you really think that the Yankees or Red Sox care about the luxory tax?  So no, bad contracts do NOT haunt baseball teams like they do in salary cap leagues like the NBA, NFL or NHL.  They don't restrict a baseball team from making new moves.  The teams may do it to themselves for budgetary reasons, but that is a self-made restriction.  Not the same at all.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:38 pm
 

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

So much for him producing offensively...


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