The Mystery Team strikes yet again this Winter, with the A’s swooping in to sign Yoenis Cespedes.
This afternoon the Oakland Athletics signed the 26-year-old outfielder to a 4-year $36M deal, making him the highest paid player on the A’s at $9M per year. All reports in the last week or so indicated that Cespedes would sign with the Marlins, after he visited with the team earlier this week. But we all know now that, that was in fact just speculation.
Ever since Cespedes broke out on the seen with his Showcase video, the entire league has been buzzing about his talents. He has all the tools to be a 5-tool player in the MLB. But the question is, will they translate over from the Cuban League? From 2004-2011 Yoenis racked up 861 hits, 169 HR and 557 RBIs while playing in the Cuban League.
Almost every single team in the MLB had some sort of interest in Cespedes. The Tigers,RedSox,Yankees,Cubs,Marlins,Orioles, WhiteSox and Indians were the teams reported to have the most interest in Cespedes.
The Tigers interest became clear when GM/President Dave Dombrowski went to the Dominican to personally scout Cespedes. Before the Fielder signing, the Tigers were reported to be one of the top teams to land Cespedes. Once the Fielder signing took everyone by surprise, the Tigers were quickly removed from the Cespedes Sweepstakes.
If the Tigers had in fact landed both Cespedes and Fielder, it would have been one of the biggest off-seasons since 2008 when the Tigers acquired Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins.
I’ll say this, I was all in for the Tigers to sign Cespedes before they signed Fielder. I was willing to see the Tigers spend $50-$60M on an unproven Cuban outfielder, who might not even become the “Star” he’s suppose to.
Not saying that I’m not a fan of Cespedes anymore or the he will never become a “Star” or produce in the MLB, I’m just saying I’m glad we chose Fielder over him for the money that the Tigers spent.
But who knows, maybe in 4 years the Tigers will cut a deal with the A’s to bring him to Detroit? Only time,at bats,home runs,strikeouts and RBIs will tell.