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Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:33 pm
 
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans


One team that won't win the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes is the Giants, because, like Lotto, you gotta be in it to win.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said at the team's FanFest on Saturday (via the San Francisco Chronicle) that his team would not bid on the Cuban outfielder.

"The price tag is probably beyond what his talent is," Sabean said.

The Cubs, Marlins and White Sox are considered favorites for the 26-year-old, with the Orioles and Tigers also seen as possible landing spots.

On Thursday, Marlins president David Samson told MLB.com that his team is "aggressively negotiating" a contract with Cespedes.

At this point it seems Cespedes will likely land a deal larger than Aroldis Chapman's six-year, $30.25 million deal signed in 2010. Cespedes could command $40 million or more.

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Comments

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:44 am
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

alexi rameriz has been a solid 2B for the Chisox.  grabbed him cheap in a keeper league 4 years ago.  Not Great - but very solid numbers.

Jury still out on Vicideo



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:07 am
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

It's very rare now-a-days that a young player from another country ever lives up to the hype that the media builds for him, especially when the player has almost zero experience vs MLB pitching. It's a completely different game in the US which makes a lot of their stats (from their foreign baseball leagues) not an accurate way to gauge their possible success in MLB; it's like comparing apples to oranges, yet scouts and sports writers continue to praise these players like they are the next coming of Ty Cobb and Randy Johnson... I would LOVE for a sports writer to compile a list of the biggest/most hyped foreign players over the last 30 years, their stats (foreign league vs MLB)and their contracts, and I think it will clearly show the risk outweighs the potential reward. Chapman throws 105 mph fastballs but if he cannot control the location of his pitches then he's gonna continue to get shelled; yet the reds have to play him due to his $30m contract, and hope he gets his stuff together... but I don't see it happening. Dice-K was supposed to be the greatest import since sushi, but his extreme walk rate led to high pitch counts, possibly due to a slightly different strike zone used in the US, compared to a slightly larger strike zone used in Japan, from what I've heard. Ichiro is a freak and possibly the Babe Ruth of Japanese baseball, fame wise, not power wise, but was much older when he made the jump to MLB. Remember Nomo, who was amazing at first but was figured out quickly and was all but forgotten after only a few years. Don't even get me started on the Yanks paying Irabu 12.8 million dollars for a 5.15 career MLB era and 34-35 record (most of which when having the yanks World series winning bats putting up sold run counts for him). He once threw the FASTEST recorded pitch in the history of Japanese baseball at a whopping 98 mph.... a stat that was only broken once in 2005.... so is 98 mph is the fastest pitch ever in a Japanese league, it means that the average speed batters are seeing is around 88-90mph, which is a very different speed when compared to american baseball. I'm not saying these kids cannot succeed, I'm just saying history is not on their side when it comes to adjusting to MLB, and offering them $40 million dollars is not smart; it's desperation at it's worst. Also Yoenis is a head case, so God help his cuban translator trying to calm him down during a slump, as he's breaking gator-aid coolers with his helmet.   



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:06 am
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

I agree. All of these players are over-hyped.

The Giants cannot bid on anyone.


Timmy Lincy and Barry Zito took care of all the hopes of getting a slugger.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:47 pm
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Too Bad - Pedro Cerano would look good in Giants uniform
That dude is now doing the All-State commercials. Greatest line from Major League "It's a little outside." Uecker rocks.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

considered favorites for the 26-year-old,
Add 5-10 years to that. Can anyone name the last truly good Cuban everyday player? They're all overhyped. You'd be much better to save your money and draft a HS player to develop or a college kid. Pass, if you're smart.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Too Bad - Pedro Cerano would look good in Giants uniform.  SF's offense is going to be so poor this year -  Cain and Lincicum deserve better than .500 records, but with no run support, what can you do?
I think that SF offense will be an lot better with Posey in the lineup, I would not be surprise if Posey play more then 20 games at 1B.

I agree that Cain and Lincicum deserve better than .500 records, but it look to me that since the Giants are paying 5 players close to 60% of their budget. It don't leave much money to the other 19 player on the roster, or to go out and get a good free agent that could make the team better.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

I wonder what his real name and age is?  As a Tigers fan, I would like to see him land in Detroit - but only if there is a clause in his contract that states if he lied about his real name and age the Tigers can opt out of the deal.  At that point, he should be deported.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

It really depends on the rest of the staff (I.e scouts, batting coach, etc.) because it is their collaborative scouting report to Sabean that's telling him not to go after Cespedes. It'll be interesting to see if he goes to his most aggressive suitor, Marlins, after saying that that's the one team he WON'T go to because of the large Cuban population, which will cause him too many distractions. Let's see if money talks.



Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:41 am
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Too Bad - Pedro Cerano would look good in Giants uniform.  SF's offense is going to be so poor this year -  Cain and Lincicum deserve better than .500 records, but with no run support, what can you do?



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:50 am
 

Giants won't bid on Yoenis Cespedes

Funny....

Yoenis Cespedes is "overpriced" at $40 million, but Yu Darvish isn't at $107 million ?


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