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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, insider Jon Heyman reports. 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 first reported Cespedes had chosen to sign with the A's.

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Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:30 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.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:27 pm

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

Awesome! A good step in the rebuilding process!  Told you...A's will be a surprise team given some time.  Go Swingin' A's! 
I think you have your A's confused with the A in your Crimson Tide logo TD!

The A's did get their pitching coach back from a one year hiatus with the Red Sox. He's the one coach I wish the Red Sox would have kept. 

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:26 pm

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

This makes complete sense.  Think outside the box.  With their pitching staff who is going to be the most tired after 4-5 innings?   The OF from having to run down doubles and triples, etc.   They will need the MLB to allow them to use 4 OFs like in softball.    What a stupid way to spend your money! 

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:19 pm

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

yeah - kind of puts a whole new spin on "Moneyball", eh?

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:10 pm

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

Why would you trade three good, major league-quality pitchers under club control for several years, and then sign a guy who has never played in the MLB to this contract? Billy is losing his marbles...

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:04 pm

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

good thing your opinion doesnt matter.
He fits a need and will get a real chance to develop.
Not sure how he will fit in with the club house, but anytime you add a talent like this, its a good thing.  Bad contracts don't haunt teams like NFL/NHL/NBA. 

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:00 pm

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

I dont understand how a team that tries to spend the least amount of money eah year throws money at an unproven talent like Cespedes. This is a big gamble for any team, and even a bigger gamble for a team that has already addressed their OF weith 3 free-agent signings. This one is definitely a head scratcher!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:59 pm

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

This could be a good signing for the A's If Cespedes turn out to be a good player, It just seem odd that A's are willing to spend an lot of money for one player. I thought that Cespedes would sign with the marlins since he said that he would like to play for them, but he pick the team that will pay him the most.

Now the question is what player is the A's going to get, is the player from 2009 world baseball classic where he played really good or the player from Dominican Winter League where he struggled. As a A's fan I rather see him make the roster and play good

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:52 pm

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

At least he won't have to play with much pressure in Oakland.  They have no shot at making the playoffs, so he can just collect a paycheck, get used to the MLB and sign elsewhere when his contract is up.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:50 pm

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

So much for their money ball idealism, lol. I don't think Cespedes is worth even $10M for 4 years, but in a division w/ the Rangers and Angels, it's an understandable risk that the A's took. If he ends up being a 20/20 player, batting anywhere close to .290, it will have been well worth it, but if he can't handle minor league pitching, then it's going to put the A's back 5 years. I'm just glad he didn't go to the Marlins, red sox or yanks, baseball would be so much better if the smaller teams were able to financially compete w/ the large market teams, but only if there was a serious salary cap system in place, which will probably never happen. If I was an A's fan I'd be happy that management is finally spending some money after selling their best players off once again this offseason.

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