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Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 6:40 pm
 
Aroldis Chapman's big contract surprised some people as much as his 105 mph fastball.

Get prepared to be surprised again.

Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes, currently working out for teams in the Dominican Republic, will likely match or even top the six-year, $30.5 million contract that the Reds gave Chapman two winters ago, two veteran scouts who follow the international market predicted Thursday.

"I'd take him over Chapman," one of the scouts said.

Cespedes defected from Cuba over the summer. He has yet to be declared a free agent, but that's expected to happen soon. Scouts familiar with the market say it's hard to pick a favorite to sign him, but the Yankees and Marlins are both known to have strong interest, and the Red Sox, Rangers, Cubs and possibly even the Pirates and A's could be heavily involved, as well.

Cespedes was one of the stars of the Cuban national team, and scouts drooled over him when he played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

They still do now.

"He's a five-tool guy, built like an NFL running back," one scout said. "He has tremendous raw power, with all the tools to be a 30-30 guy in the big leagues. His mother pitched on the Cuban national softball team, so he has athleticism in the family."

Asked for a comparable player who has played in the big leagues, the scout first suggested Bo Jackson, then back away, but only slightly. If you want to judge for yourself, there's a YouTube video that has already made the rounds.

The question, as with all international players, is how quickly Cespedes can adjust to American culture and to American baseball. He's already 26 years old (five years older than Chapman was when he signed), so it's not as if he is some young prospect.

Chapman, even with the 105 mph fastball, has yet to live up to expectations.

Then again, if Cespedes is a 30-30 guy in the big leagues, he's worth Chapman money and even more.

And he'll probably get it.



Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:59 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

Hilarious.

Chapman has "disappointed" ??

He's had a single full season in MLB, and was used as a reliever in a bullpen managed by Dusty Baker...who tended to use Chapman somewhat like ketchup-he put him on everything, damned near everyday. Dusty's never seen an arm he can't overwork, so GM Walt Jocketty is moving Chapman to the rotation, where at  least Dusty can only use him every 5th day.  

I have some news for you occasional bystanders- when Chapman is near the zone, he's a nuclear weopon...and he's usually close enough.  

Ever seen someone that throws 105 ? Of course you haven't, because there has NEVER BEEN ONE before Chapman. He's normally "only" around 101-102, but can throw it repeatedly, not just occasionally....AND he has a world-class slider, and a MLB quality changeup that won't be seen until he becomes a starting pitcher in 2012.

If this guy is the offensive Aroldis Chapman, better get him.   


    



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:00 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

I hope he accepts the Mets offer of one year, non-guaranteed, at the Major League minimum. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:49 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

He also looks like he might be on ROIDS.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:25 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

These imported Japanese and Cuban players are all overrated and mostly never pan out when they get to the majors.  I hope the Yankees don't waste their money on this guy.  If it were me, I'd dump Swisher and replace him with a much cheaper Eduardo Nunez.  



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

decir lo que



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

I love how $6 million a year is a big deal!  There are guys that hit .260 making more in the bigs.  



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:38 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

Knobler, you think you could mention his position?  It looks like he plays CF.  Why would the Mets want a CF to replace their SS?  My money is on the Yanks getting him, that is always the safe bet when a bidding war takes place.  Possibly he'd rather avoid the largest media market, but unless he does, he'll probably be wearing pinstripes. 



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:14 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

How has Chapman turned out? Has he dominated the way some thought? He's been a bit of a disappointment hasn't he? So now comes another guy scouts know little about including how old he truly is. So MLB teams should be really careful before wasting money they can spend on scouting for players they have more information and have proven themselves at a higher level. They als can use those funds on players who are MLB proven. There is also a CF in Japan (Aoki) who they know played in a solid baseball league and is a 3-time batting champion who may be even better.

He's already 26 years old (five years older than Chapman was when he signed), so it's not as if he is some young prospect.
That's what he admits to. What if he's really 31? That needs to also be taken into account. Let's face it, the track record of recent Cuban players and honesty about age is not good.

Drooled over him @ the WBC? That joke of a 'tournament." You mean the one where Oliver Perez was starting for Mexico? If that's used as an evaluating measure, then the measure is basically worthless.

Any international player is a risk. You really do not know the quality of play they're coming from to the fullest extent. The Japanese player comes from the most competitive league which is closest to MLB and many have been successful both as players and pitchers. The Cubans of late have had mixed results to say the elast. Outside of the Hernandez' brothers, few have done anything. The talent has waned since the boon in the 60's.

Before looking to Cuba and Japan, how about looking within? There are also Venezuelan, Dominican and Puerto Rican players who have a far better track record.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:56 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

Goodbye hot & cold Nick Swisher, hello Cuban Superman. This guy looks sick in his training videos. Tell El Duque to give him a call and put in a good word for the Yanks.



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:37 am
 

Cespedes could top Chapman's $30 million contract

reyes is a blown hamstring in september in the middel of a central divison race waiting to happen.


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