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Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 5:41 pm
While the market for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is unpredictable, the word this week is that neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox plan to be heavily involved.

The two baseball superpowers have both followed Cespedes carefully, and some in the Yankee front office want him badly. But the decision this week, according to sources, was that Cespedes is too raw a talent to justify the price, and may not be suited to playing in a big market, anyway. While the Yankees are not out on Cespedes, the plan as of now is to treat him the way they treated Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, making a modest bid that is unlikely to be successful.

The Red Sox are said to have similar concerns.

People familiar with the international market say that there is also a divide on Cespedes in the Marlins' front office, and that it's not a given that the team will go after him hard. Also, Cespedes has told people that he plans to make his permanent home in the Dominican Republic, rather than in Miami, and may prefer to go to a team other than the Marlins.

The interest in Cespedes remains strong, and the market could change by the time he becomes a free agent, which should happen in January. The Cubs, Tigers, Nationals, White Sox and Rays, among other teams, are still expected to pursue him.

Because of the strong interest, the belief is that Cespedes will still get as much as $40 million, even if the Yankees and Red Sox hold back from heavy bidding. One possible issue is that Cespedes' agents apparently want him to go straight to the major leagues, while many if not most scouts believe that he should spend time in the minor leagues first.

The Cubs, Nationals, Braves and Red Sox, among others, are also said to be interested in Jorge Soler, a 19-year-old Cuban who is also expected to become a free agent this winter. Soler is further from the big leagues, but talented enough that some predict it could take $15 million to sign him.

Because of new limits on bonuses that will go into effect next winter, teams may feel free to bid higher on Cespedes and/or Soler this winter.


Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:45 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

I totally agree with the Bosoxs and the YANKEES not going overboard bidding on this unproven talent.  The YANKEES Roster is basically set, and Pitchng is what we are looking for, Cespedes is an outfielder, who is he gjoing to replace in the Yankees outfield.  The Soxs may have a more pressing need in the outfield than the Yankees especially if the Soxs don't resign J.D.Drew.  40M for unproven talent, whos agent has decided that he does not need anytime in the minors despite what all of the scouts think would be like throwing more money away.  YANKEES farm system is in good order and we should give some of the playerthat we know have worked hard on their game a chance rather than to just throw money at a workout wonder.    

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:51 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

a week here, I think outer slovenia knows this article word for word by now.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:52 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

yhey they are talking about bids, i thought someone was buy  a painting. usually the starts best days are being him. he relaxes with his nice salary. either he gets hurt, takes the lazy-faire attitude and doesnt care who wins. if people didnt care so much about baseball so much they would dump the whole lot of them.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:20 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

No team needs to make a "bid" in order to negotiate.  He is not under control of a Japanese League team.  All anybody has to do is offer him a contract.  This is not basic baseball knowledge, it is a couple steps up from basic.  But it is sure something Knobler should know.  Normally I don't like reading posts that rip on the writer.  But in this case, the complaints seem to be legit.  Sorry.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:20 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

# days we are being bombarded with something they even know on the mooN?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:15 am

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

wake me up when pitchers and catchers report.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:55 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

Typical December Knobler article. No facts, no quotes, and can't spell the guy's name right.  Keeping my finger's crossed that he's in the mix to be Swisher's replacement in the Bronx.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:02 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

Actually meant to say I don't care who the Nationals add, but you can throw the Marlins in there too.  No team other than the Phillies will win the NL East until those pitchers retire.  LOL

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:00 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

Hey , let me propose this. Rays sign Cespedes, Nationals sign Prince Fielder and then trade LaRoache to the Rays for Upton. Everyone gets what they need! Nats win the N.L. East and Rays win A.L. East and meet for the WS.

i don't care who the marlins add to the roster -- as long as the phillies have halladay, lee and hamel -- no one but the phillies are going to win the NL East. 

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:41 pm

Yankees, Red Sox may not bid high on Cespedes

Yes. Getting him a major league contract will start his clock ticking and get him to FA status quicker. He will probably sign a 3 or 4 year contract in the hopes of putting up big numbers before he turns 30 (if that is his real age). If was a GM, I would sign him to 5 or 6 year contract with 3 or 4 years guranteed and two team options. If he is good, you get him for 5 or 6 years at a reasonable price. If not, you cut him loose after 3 or 4 years. All this will cost a team is money and no prospects so its a good gamble for a guy who is at least a very good athelte (per You Tube) but can he hit the major league curveball?

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