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Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:12 pm
 
Yoenis CespedesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Yoenis Cespedes is not yet able to sign with a big-league team, Cespedes' agent, Adam Katz, said on MLB Network Radio on Sunday (via MLive.com).

"I have had several Cuban players before, but I've never gone through this process before and it is onerous and unpredictable," Katz said. "You just have to breathe into it and not have too many expectations."

Although Cespedes has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, the 26-year-old center fielder can't finalize a contract with an MLB team until he is "unblocked" by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Katz said. Katz and Cespedes are waiting on that action to sign a contract and report for spring training. Katz said he was confident Cespedes would be ready to play for a team when camps start -- but he was still cautious.

"I'm not going to predict or poke the bear in the zoo or have any expectations," Katz said. "We have some optimism and we'll see."

The Marlins, Tigers, White Sox, Cubs and Orioles are reportedly the most interested in Cespedes.

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qingpoot
Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:58 am
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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:58 am
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

If any of you watched the baseball classic a few years ago, you would've seen this guy mash major league pitching.
Yes, major league pitching like the HR he hit off of Australia's Damian Moss, the triple he hit off of Mexico's legendary Pablo Ortega, or the triple off of Japan's great Hisashi Iwakuma... that's some hardcore MLB pitching right there.


Then when he played in the World Cup, he hit .194/.275/.333... that's where he actually faced some major leaguers.  He was actually replaced by Leonys Martin in that tournament.


In the 2010 University Baseball Championships he hit well... except when he played the US where he went 0-4.  Go figure.   


He's hit well against decent pitching, but when he gets to ACTUAL everyday MLB pitchers, he looks just OK.  He's also 26.  I'm not even going to make a claim that it's a lie, but analysts say he'll need to spend most, if not all of this year in the minors, so if he's a long term investment, you're starting to use him at 27 year old.


With what he's looking for, his contract is going to be a disaster. 



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:42 am
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

If any of you watched the baseball classic a few years ago, you would've seen this guy mash major league pitching. That same classic, Adrolis Chapman walked a ton of hitters. This guy can and will hit in the majors. I too believe he isn't worth more than a 1/2 contract around 10 million simply because he isn't proven yet.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:53 am
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

The guy can hit a winter league fastball  and run fast. He can catch a flyball and throw pretty well, too.

Can he hit MLB pitching, or a breaking ball from anyone ? How old is he REALLY ? Can he pass a PED test ?  

Most importantly...how much are you willing to pay to find out ?

The Rangers just paid $107 million for Yu Darvish, who put up Sandy Koufax type numbers against a league that has averages 1 MLB quality hitter per team. 

What a (ridiculusly high dollar) crapshoot.  
I would think that he would have to start in the minors, so any team that sign him will have to be patience with him. Just look what he did at Dominican winter ball for he did not hit so well, which prove that he need to get back into baseball shape.

I do agree that it is ridiculusly high price crap shoot, but some teams believe that he is worth the risk. There are few Cuban born players that did very good in MLB, and I bet there an few that has bomb. It is a big risk to sign Cespedes but no one know what he do in the Major league, it worse when your favorite team sign a player to a big contract. when he been playing like crap the last 2 years, I love the Cubs but they has some bad contacts for players they should never sign in the first place.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:10 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

As a huge Tigers fan, I would like to see him hitting in front of Boesch, Cabrera, Fielder and Young.  He might see more fastballs than you'd think.  With Cespedes in LF, that would put the brick-gloved Young as the DH.  GO TIGERS!



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

LOL



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

Chilzilla, you're thinking of Pedro Cerrano.



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

The guy cant hit off-speed stuff. Theres ni crap-shoot here. He wont see  any fastballs.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

Redsfan

Posted on: February  6, 2012  4:28 pmScore: 114

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

The guy can hit a winter league fastball  and run fast. He can catch a flyball and throw pretty well, too.

Can he hit MLB pitching, or a breaking ball from anyone ? How old is he REALLY ? Can he pass a PED test ? 

Most importantly...how much are you willing to pay to find out ?

The Rangers just paid $107 million for Yu Darvish, who put up Sandy Koufax type numbers against a league that has averages 1 MLB quality hitter per team.

What a (ridiculusly high dollar) crapshoot.  

Would you agree that Darish is less of a crap shoot because scouts have been able to see him play regularly?

Heck we don't even know this guy from Cuba real age.  The scouting reports on him have ranged from him being nothing more than a 5Th outfielder to a 250 hitter with 20 or more home runs. This guy is really a crap shoot. 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Cespedes not legally able to sign yet

The guy can hit a winter league fastball  and run fast. He can catch a flyball and throw pretty well, too.

Can he hit MLB pitching, or a breaking ball from anyone ? How old is he REALLY ? Can he pass a PED test ?  

Most importantly...how much are you willing to pay to find out ?

The Rangers just paid $107 million for Yu Darvish, who put up Sandy Koufax type numbers against a league that has averages 1 MLB quality hitter per team. 

What a (ridiculusly high dollar) crapshoot.  


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