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A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:50 pm
 
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans


In a shocker, the Oakland A's have agreed to sign Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal worth $36 million, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports. CBSSports.com has also confirmed that Cespedes has been cleared by the U.S. Treasury's Department of Foreign Assets Control, meaning he's free to sign his deal with Oakland.

The Marlins were reportedly the most aggressive -- and obviously the most public -- of the bidders for the 26-year-old center fielder. The Cubs, White Sox, Indians, Orioles and Tigers were also interested in signing him. The A's were mentioned last week as having some interest in Cespedes, but were never seen as the front-runner. However, in the end the Marlins offered Cespedes the same amount of money as the A's, but over two more seasons. The Marlins offer, according to Heyman, was $36 million for six years, not the $40 million being reported by some. The A's deal precludes the team from offering Cespedes arbitration, meaning he will become a free agent after the 2015 season at the age of 30.

Oakland, it should be noted, made a strong bid for Aroldis Chapman two years ago when he signed with the Reds.

The A's signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year, $14 million deal this offseason with an option for 2014. Some, though, have wondered if Cespedes isn't more of a corner outfielder than a center fielder, so he could move and the team could leave Crisp in center. Oakland, though, also added Josh Reddick and Seth Smith to its outfield this offseason.

Cespedes, though, is expected to need some time in the minors, but at $9 million a year, he's unlikely to spend much time in the likes of Sacramento, Midland or Stockton. He struggled in his showing in the Dominican Winter League, but he still has a combination of raw power and great speed.

Tim Brown of Yahoo.com first reported Cespedes had chosen to sign with the A's.

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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:04 am
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TDAISON
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:53 am
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

So out of nowhere. The franchise that likes to underpay mediocre college grads rather than pay for hotshot high school talent drops big cash on a 26-year old with a middle school education. This after trading its best pitcher for god knows what. Those prospects should be ready for the Show about the same time .... oh yeah, Cespedes' contract ends and he leaves elsewhere.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:11 am
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Good for the A's, finally spending some money. I was hoping the Yanks would swoop in and sign this guy once they freed up some money with dumping AJ.

From one NY Giant fan to another I too wished we had gotten him

Just think if we were not been loaded down with so many bad
contracts we could be getting excited about spring training with our two new
toys Darvish and Cespedes.  Just like in the old days.

By the way we would have still have the best young hitter in
the minor’s league in Montero getting ready to start tearing up the pitching in
the AL.

Unfortunately we have none of them


kate32
Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:57 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:39 am
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Good post!!!



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:37 am
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

This doesnt make sense at all ! The A's are crying that there broke trade away two good pitchers in which the had control of and then do this .He isnt even proven ..What a joke Billy bean is over rated and the A's are in trouble .


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:34 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:08 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

You really have to love Tiger fans.The Rangers were relevant last year when they beat the Tigers and they have also been to the W.S the last 2 years. The Tigers have been to one W.S since the mid 80's.Also the Tigers play in the easiest Division in basball and still have managed only 2 playoff apperances in 25 or more years.

So I think it is hard to disrespect a team that beat yours in the playoffs last year and who also have a much better chance of getting back their than your team does.

i was replying to hockey not baseball to that reply. finished with go wings.... not go tigers..... LOL



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:14 pm
 

A's agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Cespedes

Good for the A's, finally spending some money. I was hoping the Yanks would swoop in and sign this guy once they freed up some money with dumping AJ.


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