Feb
13

Mystery Team Strike Again: Cespedes agrees to join A’s

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According to more reports than I care to count, free agent Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to a four-year, $36M contract with the Athletics. He still needs to pass a physical and secure a visa, but those are considered just formalities. The Yankees were rumored to be hot after Cespedes earlier this offseason, but that talk eventually died down. I have a hard time thinking they would have beat that offer anyway.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

49 Comments»

  1. Tint says:

    Way too much money(ball).

  2. Tint says:

    Way too much money(ball). bIllybrbnemana

  3. the creator says:

    yeah 9 mil a year for someone who cant hit a breaking ball seems rather excess, but what do i know, i’M just a lawyer

  4. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    Funnyball

  5. Plank says:

    This is either the greatest signing ever or the worst signing ever. Or somewhere in the middle.

  6. Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost says:

    I couldn’t help but be relieved that the Yankees didn’t get that millstone hung around their neck.

    For a good LOL, I think Mike reported that he is instantly the A’s highest paid player by $500k.

  7. Mike says:

    Its just Brad Pitt being Brad Pitt

  8. JohnC says:

    As Elaine Benes would say: “GET OUUTTTTTTTTTT…” (Big Push)

  9. How does this impact Soler and what he’ll get?

    • RetroRob says:

      We know he’ll get less because he’s further away.

      Maybe $25 million, although spreadh out over more years.

      • let’s hope they Yanks are in on him.

        • Steve (different one) says:

          Stranger things have happened, but I would be shocked if the Yankees were to drop $25M on a 19 year old prospect. I would bet “the field” on where he’ll land. It’s just completely out of sync with the way they have been acting of late.

          • RetroRob says:

            Agreed. The Yankees have been big on signing international free agents, but they’ve shown zero interest in *costly* international free agents like Chapman, Darvish and Cespedes. In that way, Hal is certainly different than his father, not chasing the bright shiny toy. Yankees fans will have to adjust to this approach.

  10. Forhorn Leghorn says:

    this makes no sense. the A’s are ruining baseball

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Who knows if he’ll turn out to be worth it or not but, as face value, that’s just insane.

    Guess I should go home and practice my box-jumping.

  12. RetroRob says:

    Dollar amount doesn’t surprise me. The length of the contract does.

    Only gives the A’s four years to make back their investment, and he’s going to spend at least a half a season in the minors, if not more.

  13. Will (the other one) says:

    Shocking stuff–I really thought Ozzie and the Marlins had this one in the bag. Guess Beane finally got that OBP monster he’s been waiting for, though.

  14. infernoscurse says:

    Is michael Taylor available now?

  15. Landry says:

    The A’s will probably trade him for prospects during spring training. Ha!

  16. jjyank says:

    I’m glad the Yanks didn’t make this move…I know we have no corner OF options in the upper levels of our system, but I just have a gut feeling that he’s gonna bust. I’ve never seen him play, so I have nothing to back that up. Just feels like he won’t live up to the hype. Plus, I want other teams to have dumb contracts too, gives the haters less of the reason to hate.

    • RoyL says:

      Now the Yankees should flip Phil Hughes at the deadline this year for josh reddick and prospects. So reddick can be the future right fielder as a cheap alternative to swisher in the coming years while they’re cutting payroll. Hughes is from that area he’s cheap and has world series experience. Reddick is young cheap left handed and played in Boston so he can handle the spotlight. He buys us time to develop what we have

      • RetroRob says:

        Reddick projects as a 4th OFer. Had a nice little hot streak early on, but longterm I wouldn’t expect big things.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Today I still don’t think I’d trade 5 seasons of Reddick for 2 seasons of Hughes, though. Hopefully that changes by the deadline.

          • CJ says:

            Reddick for Hughes at the “deadline” is absurd. Make the trade now? Between now and end of July, Hughes could be too good for reddick or not enough on the flip reddick could stink.

            • Ted Nelson says:

              Here’s what I said:
              A. I would not make that trade right now if I am Oakland… Hughes was beyond awful last season to the point I question the health of his shoulder and Reddick is controlled for 3 years longer.
              B. Hopefully that will change by the deadline… as in hopefully Hughes will have a good first half and be more attractive than Reddick by the deadline. I am not a big Reddick fan or anything, but if I’m Oakland I probably keep him over Hughes.

              I’m not exactly sure what your response is saying other than my comment you don’t seem to understand is absurd.

  17. Steve (different one) says:

    Get BB on the phone and ask about Seth Smith…

    • G says:

      Great idea. Huge L/R splits and his home/road splits aren’t as drastic as I usually expect from Rockies. Seems to generally speaking be an above average fielder too, negative UZR last year but positive the 2 prior.

      A’s seemingly have little use for him now and could use a major league arm for the thinned out rotation. Do you think he’s worth Phelps?

      • G says:

        Take that back 2011 H/R splits weren’t too big, but prior to that they were huge.

        I’d rather stick with Branyan. My preference is to sign Damon so Andruw isn’t relegated strictly to a DH role (since he doesn’t really have a L/R split.

  18. RoyL says:

    Now the Yankees should flip Phil Hughes at the deadline this year for josh reddick and prospects. So reddick can be the future right fielder as a cheap alternative to swisher in the coming years while they’re cutting payroll. Hughes is from that area he’s cheap and has world series experience. Reddick is young cheap left handed and played in Boston so he candle the spotlight

  19. RoyL says:

    Now the Yankees should flip Phil Hughes at the deadline this year for josh reddick and prospects. So reddick can be the future right fielder as a cheap alternative to swisher in the coming years while they’re cutting payroll. Hughes is from that area he’s cheap and has world series experience. Reddick is young cheap left handed and played in Boston so he handle the spotlight

  20. RoyL says:

    Now the Yankees should flip Phil Hughes at the deadline this year for josh reddick and prospects. So reddick can be the future right fielder as a cheap alternative to swisher in the coming years while they’re cutting payroll. Hughes is from that area he’s cheap and has world series experience. Reddick is young cheap left handed and played in Boston so he can handle the spotlight

  21. Tom says:

    Time for ninja Cash to make a play for Seth Smith.

    The A’s now have too many OF’s and Smith with his massive platoon split fits the Yankees needs and is cheap (2.5mil) He also has 2 years of club control (could part of a cheap OF platoon if Swish leaves next year)

    Mid level prospect?

    Or if AJ is not already packed for Pittsburgh…

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Smith also had pretty massive home/road splits in 2009 and 2010, so I’m curious to see how he does outside of Coors.

      Not sure he’ll be the odd-man out. Gomes doesn’t hit RHP, so he’s a good platoon mate. We’ll see how highly they think of Carter, Taylor, and Cowgill I guess.

      • G says:

        Hm true I didn’t look at H/R splits prior to 2011… Maybe not worth a trade just yet.

      • Tom says:

        So who do you think the odd man out is? Cespedes? Reddick? Crisp?

        Gomes is also a good platoon for Reddick (as a 4th OF who plays vs lefties)

        Even if they dealt Smith, Carter/Taylor/Cowgill would still be potentially fighting it out for just a bench spot this year. If the plan is to play Cespedes (though maybe he starts in AAA), and Crisp is another starter aren’t Smith and Reddick a bit redundant?

        • Ted Nelson says:

          I think the odd man out will emerge during the season, not before it.

          I think Cespedes will get a shot to earn an opening day spot, but is likely to need some development time. Taylor and Carter have been in AAA for two full seasons and the As haven’t seen fit to make them MLB starters despite having a truly awful offense. I’m sure they’d like one to emerge, but I’m not sure how confident they are.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            Or at least that Beane is not going to give away an odd man out before the season. If he gets a good offer I’m sure he’ll take it.

            • Tom says:

              I don’t understand your logic. Even if Taylor/Carter continue to flounder they still have 4 starters (/platoon) for 3 spots… Crisp, Cespedes (either eventually or from the get go), Reddick and the Smith/Gomes platoon. Then they also have Cowgill who Beane has tried to acquire a few times who is at worst a backup OF type (I think the A’s view him as a potential starter). Why would a Taylor/Carter’s spring training/early season matter all that much when they probably have 6 OF’rs ahead of them?

              “If he get a good offer I’m sure he’ll take it”

              You think?

              I don’t think Beane will give Smith away, but it’s not like he gave up much to acquire him either. Given his skills overlap a bit with Reddick (and Reddick is cheaper,has more years of control and might be a bit better defensively), it would seem Smith would be the logical choice to go to break the logjam.

  22. JoeyA says:

    Trade your SP’s and sign a 26yr old (probably 30) Cuban OF.

    Organization must be split: go for it vs. rebuild or what I refer to as White sox syndrome

    • Ted Nelson says:

      I think it’s just looking for value. They got a ton for their SPs… who are overrated because they pitch in one of the best pitcher’s parks in baseball. I would not be at all surprised if Parker outperforms Cahill in 2012. Peacock isn’t particularly good, but might pull a Cahill in Oakland and look good… so their SP might remain fairly constant while adding some guys like Norris, Cole, Cowgill to boot.

    • Captain says:

      what makes you say he is probably 30 besides the fact that he came from a Latin American country?

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