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A’s Land Cespedes!

February 13, 2012


The Oakland A’s have been known for being tight-lipped, but what a surprise this morning! Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports broke the story writing,

“Yoenis Cespedes, the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder, agreed to terms Monday on a contract with the Oakland Athletics. Cespedes signed a four-year deal worth $36 million…

…The A’s are believed to have outbid the Miami Marlins, for weeks considered the frontrunners to sign Cespedes, who visited the club and its facilities last week.”

Unbelievable. This really makes murky what the A’s outfield this year will look like. But I’m alright with that as Cespedes is the international catch of the year and he will be in playing in Oakland – presumably this year. Details are still coming in regarding the contract, however it is reported that Cespedes will be eligible for free-agency at the end of it, which is somewhat unfortunate but hopefully coincides with the A’s becoming contenders and with the A’s moving into a new home. The immediate question is, who is bumped off of the 40-man roster? How does this change the composition of the outfield as it stands now? And how the heck did they pull this one off?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasper & Ghosts permalink
    February 13, 2012 2:48 pm

    What the fuck ?! I checked your site and this was the last thing I ever expected ! WOW…Give me a moment.

    Let’s go Athletics!

    • February 13, 2012 3:45 pm

      I know! (!!!) I’m in the Bay Area for work today (San Francisco and presently San Jose) and this wonderful news has helped to offset this miserable cold dreary day! (I do miss SoCal weather already)

  2. Dangerous Dean permalink
    February 13, 2012 3:40 pm

    Congrats on getting an OF that a lot of other teams wanted. I think the 4 year part of the deal will be a problem if he needs any time in the minors at all. Because if you figure him being in the minors for a year then it is 12 per year for the 3 years he plays in the bigs.

    Now there is a good chance he comes straight to the show and stars. In that case, you guys win.

    But I would argue that Darvish is the bigger international sign this year. I would call Cespedes #2, though.

    • February 13, 2012 3:47 pm

      I have to think they throw him in pretty quickly. Even at $12M per though basically he pays for himself at 2.2 WAR. But you are right, in my excitement (note the seldom used exclamation point in the title!) I missed that Darvish is the bigger fish. I’m fine with this consolation prize. We can develop pitching we can’t develop hitting.

  3. Drew W permalink
    February 13, 2012 4:31 pm

    So Melvin has Cowgill, Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick, Smith, Taylor, and Gomes to fill the outfield, with Brandon Moss, Jason Pridie, Cedric Hunter, and Jeff Fiorentino at Sacramento? It will be interesting to see how it shakes out. I don’t remember what kind of platooner Melvin is–I hope he is up to the task. Also–I think this is good news for Choice and Green–there are enough guys now ahead of them that can relax, develop, and come up for good when they are ready.

  4. SC_Athletics fan permalink
    February 17, 2012 5:46 pm

    I’m just wondering how this signing will be for team morale. I mean, the Athletics are paying Cespedes more $ (9MMper year) than any other player on the team AND at the same position, where Beane has already overpaid a 1.0 WAR player in Crisp!! Let’s not forget that Cespedes has as much MLB experience as my golden retriever! (and likely less range lol)

    I just don’t understand this move, especially the “no arbitration” clause. Beane has signed him through his prime years, but only 4 of them? I’m wondering if this Cespedes signing is a precursor to the green light being given to San Jose. However the Athletics won’t even begin playing in San Jose by 2015, even if Selig were to grants them the rights to Santa Clara County today! (In fact, given the offseason trades of Cahill, Gonzalez, and Moscoso, I’m not expecting the Athletics to compete til 2014 at the earliest!)

    The other puzzling part of this signing is how it fits in with the other OF acquistions. They acquired Seth Smith and Josh Reddick in trade, signed Crisp to a 2 yr deal, acquired Cowgill in trade, and signed platoon-destined Johnny Gomes. Lastly, what message does this send to Michael Taylor, Michael Choice, and Chris Carter, especially since each has nothing left to prove at the minor league level?

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