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Saturday, November 21, 2015

ESPN: The Marketing of Yoenis Cespedes

As a prelude to the Hot Stove shopping season, Cespedes’ representatives at the Creative Artists Agency and Roc Nation distributed a coffee table-type book to a select list of teams. The book, titled “52 Reviews” (in honor of Cespedes’ jersey number), has a black-and-white cloth cover, runs about 100 pages and features laudatory comments and testimonials from managers, coaches, players, front-office executives and members of the media.

In a bow to technology, the book also has a video player embedded inside the front cover. Executives who push the “play” button are treated to an array of Yoenis Cespedes home runs, jaw-dropping throws and other highlights set to music.

The Cespedes pitch created something of a buzz at the recent general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. Although was unable to obtain a copy of the book, several MLB executives gave it reviews that sounded like something fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

One GM described the book as “unique, well-done and creative,” while a National League executive said it was the subject of some “gawking” in his team’s front office. An AL front-office man, meanwhile, wondered about the printing costs.

“It’s beautifully done,” the executive said. “I don’t know where to start to guess at the expense involved with this. My hunch is, 5 percent of whatever [Cespedes] is going to earn is significantly more than the investment in the book.”

bobm Posted: November 21, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yoenis cespedes

Monday, November 09, 2015

Where might Yoenis Cespedes sign? - Beyond the Box Score

After donning number 52 for four different teams in the past 16 months, Cespedes is looking to settle down with one team. In a recent interview with ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera, the 30-year-old left fielder stated that the contract he’s looking for “has to be six years or more.” A long-term commitment like that won’t come cheap to the organization that picks him up, but despite his wavering performance in the postseason, he’ll be a quality addition for whoever signs him.

Predicting where he’ll end up with perfect certainty given the number of teams in search of a left fielder is a bit tricky, but some make more sense than others. Here are four possible fits for Cespedes, but of course, where he’ll end up is a mystery.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Costa: Yoenis Cespedes: Baseball’s Most Improbable Golf Prodigy

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former left fielder, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

Cespedes, 30, spent the first 25 years of his life in Cuba, an island with only two golf courses. He had virtually no exposure to the sport until early last year, when he tried it at a charity event in Florida. Now, he plays often before night games, smashing monster drives and posting scores that range from the low 70s to the low 80s.

“I’ve witnessed it. I’ve played with him at least three times. His power as far as driving the ball, hitting the ball up, is incredible,” said Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen. “400-yard drives, 250-yard 5-irons, just pure.”

The habit first drew widespread attention last week, when Cespedes was spotted playing a morning round at Medinah Country Club before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in Chicago. But for Cespedes, the outing was only in keeping with routine. ...

Unlike starting pitchers, who typically have four days off between starts, everyday players are usually too worn down by the grind of a 162-game season to spend much time playing golf. But the Mets don’t merely tolerate Cespedes’s hobby. They encourage it.

“I want him to play golf as much as possible,” Long said. “It tires him out a little bit. Instead of having so much energy, it seems like when he’s just a little bit less amped up and fresh, the better he plays.”

JE (Jason) Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:31 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, golf, mets, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes and the Mike Trout Treatment | FanGraphs Baseball

Why does Fangraphs hate the Mets?

Few players looked less like themselves against the high heat than Yoenis Cespedes this season. It’s always been something of a problem for Cespedes, but this year, that problem was exacerbated. Cespedes’ weakness appears almost identical to Mike Trout’s, and we know how the league responded to that. The league, maybe surprisingly, hasn’t responded quite the same way to Cespedes, but then again no two players are the same. Cespedes has another problem area, so pitchers have at least have another option. The elevated fastball feels like the bigger weakness, the one that’s more exploitable, but maybe it’s also riskier. The interesting part, now, is seeing which route the Royals choose to take.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, scouting, world series, yoenis cespedes

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mets to choose Cespedes or Lagares in Game 1 |

Mike Petriello is lucky to be able to dabble in StatCast.


By name alone, the edge here easily goes to Lagares, who finished third among all outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved in 2013 (+28) and second in 2014 (+28 again). However, he fell off in 2015 to just +2 DRS, in part due to multiple injuries, primarily an injured right arm that often prevented him from wreaking as much havoc on opposing base runners as usual—though we did see him get it up to 95.6 mph in September. Cespedes, meanwhile, has been considered an elite left fielder (+15 DRS this year, +12 last year), and a below-average center fielder (-4 DRS this year, slight negatives in each of his four seasons).

Interestingly enough, Statcast™ doesn’t see all that much of a difference between the two in center.
(Route Eff. / Avg. First Step / Avg. Top Speed / Avg. Distance Covered)
Cespedes—90.2% / 0.79 seconds / 14.3 mph / 53.0 feet
Lagares—89.6% / 0.72 seconds / 14.3 mph / 54.2 feet

Despite the similarities, Lagares did convert 91.6 percent of the balls hit to him in center, as compared to Cespedes’ 88.4. In addition, Cespedes has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but expects to be available for Game 1.

Still, as impressive as this is for Cespedes, Lagares is still the one getting credit for all those tough plays that pump up his DRS, and that may be a matter of better positioning—that is, if he’s starting 15 feet closer to where the ball lands, he just doesn’t need to run as far or fast for it as Cespedes does. That’s one of the items we hope to better understand in the future as the Statcast™ data matures. For now, Collins could make a reasonable case that Cespedes is a capable enough center fielder, as he’s done for much of the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets, statcast, yoenis cespedes

Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders | New York Post

So what did the Mets actually offer?

But the options were disappearing. The Reds — even with Wheeler in play — took Jay Bruce off the table the morning of the deadline. The Padres kept telling the Mets if they would overpay — namely including shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, pitcher Michael Fulmer and others — they would consider dealing Justin Upton.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trades, yoenis cespedes

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying these deals don’t particularly help you. I got that.

“But part of what we are doing here, like any business, you have a product and a brand, and your brand is something that is partially a function of what your product line is and what you offer in the marketplace and part of it is this other equity — what people think. And what people think is a function of what your product line was five years ago and three years ago and now. The Mets as a brand took a hit. Part of our effort was not just to improve the product, like General Motors would improve the product from year to year, but to somehow restore confidence in the brand also.”



bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Scouts buzz about Cespedes demonstration of power and speed -

Shouldn’t a guy with this much speed be better in centerfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, October 09, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes’ Cuba: Mets star came from humble beginnings - NY Daily News

Home plate used to be located right behind the roadside bus stop in this tiny town more than 400 miles southeast of Havana. This is where a young Yoenis Cespedes would step into the batter’s box (cajon del bateador) across the street from a vast mango tree grove and routinely blast baseballs into the distant thick grass, earning him the nickname La Potencia — The Power — from his neighborhood peers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Statcast identifies the rare ‘five-tool player’

The All-Craftsman Team!

Let’s lay out the rules. We identified the following five Statcast™ thresholds as stand-ins for the five traditional tools, and sorted by only the players who have had at least three qualified recorded data points in each of the five areas. That’s not the same as being above average for an entire season, but that’s not the point; we want to see the players who are blessed with the capability to do these things at all, and three times over six months didn’t seem too much to ask.

Hitting: Batting exit velocity of ≥ 110 mph
Hitting for power: Home run distance of ≥ 425 feet
Fielding: Route efficiency of ≥ 98 percent
Throwing: Throws of ≥ 85 mph
Running: Top baserunning speed of ≥ 21 mph

As it turns out, only eight players made our somewhat arbitrarily defined cut, which sounds just about right for a phrase that’s intended to apply only to a select few. The results? A pair of baseball’s biggest young stars, two free-agents-to-be hoping to strike it big this winter and a surprising entry who actually got sent to the Minors for a month this year:

The Statcast™ “Five Tool Players”
Mike Trout
Andrew McCutchen
Carlos Gomez
Yoenis Cespedes
Lorenzo Cain
Hunter Pence
Ian Desmond
Marcell Ozuna

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded for Johnson, Mat Latos and Wood. Latos still hasn’€™t won a game, and Wood had pitched poorly before Wednesday night. Johnson’€™s been a disaster.

Oh, and the Dodgers are 7 ½ games ahead of the Giants.

Their big moves didn’€™t work at all, and all they’€™ve done is run away and hide.

Which should be the real takeaway here.

The Mets would have a big lead without Cespedes, the Royals without Zobrist; granted, both teams will probably be thrilled to have their prizes next month, not that either player is guaranteed to continue his surge for another few weeks.

Of all those 36 players, it seems to me that only three have made a real difference so far: Price and Tulowitzki with the Blue Jays, and maybe Happ with the Pirates. Without Happ, the Pirates’€™ lead over the Cubs in the wild-card standings might have vanished by now. Without Price and Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays probably wouldn’€™t own a semi-comfortable lead over the Yankees.

Yoenis Cespedes to Mets: Dombrowski recounts his side of story

The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”

“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package for us. We really liked Fulmer a whole bunch, and the other guy in the package [minor league pitcher Luis Cessa] had a good arm.”

Jim Leyland, the former Tigers manager now a special assistant with the team, made a call to Mets manager Terry Collins, a good friend. “Jim said, ‘Terry, get him—he’s going to help you guys,’” Dombrowski said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, mets, tigers, trade, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes is no one-man show, but with his flair for the bright lights, his amazing 2015 run and his ability to make everyone better, there is just something about the guy | FOX Sports

The latest Robothal.

Meanwhile, the next decision on Cespedes—the free-agent decision—will carry the biggest stakes yet.

One rival exec said he initially believed that Cespedes would command $80 million, but now believes that the outfielder’s contract will exceed $130 million.

A long, expensive deal could prove a mistake, considering that Cespedes turns 30 on Oct. 18. Then again, there is something about him, isn’t there?

Ask the 2014 Athletics. Ask the 2015 Mets.

Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Degrees: Why Yoenis Cespedes may not come back to New York

Great timing for Cespedes.

Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the recency-bias trap.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s second pitch. Storen, one understands, will remember all this for the rest of his life. So will I.

Papelbon (with that irritating Tik-Tok of Oz stare-in and arm-drop now copied by ten thousand kid pitchers) lost the middle game on a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.


Manager Williams made all the available moves but never the right one. Everything Mets skipper Terry Collins tried seemed to work out, including his decision to keep the rookie outfielder Michael Conforto in left in the eighth on Wednesday night, where he made a skidding, breathless late grab to save the day and the joy. Has Collins used up the Mets’ seasonal quota of magic with such prodigality?

Hmm. Only Mets fans ask questions like this.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mets free to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes |

The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.

Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would have made the Mets ineligible to re-sign him until May 15, making his return to New York a near-impossibility.

The new language still forces the Mets to release Cespedes after the season, despite his lack of six years’ service time—the usual benchmark for an unrestricted free agent. But it makes Cespedes a normal free agent in every other way, able to negotiate with all 30 teams throughout the winter. Both Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association signed off on the amendment, which still prevents the Mets from extending Cespedes a one-year qualifying offer and acquiring a Draft pick if he rejects it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

What a free agent push!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cespedes throws out Rodriguez |


Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, videos, yoenis cespedes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Friday, June 26, 2015

2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings - MLB Trade Rumors

Tim Dierkes assesses the potential free agents.

We’re about 45% of the way through the 2015 MLB season, and free agency looms for several of the game’s star players.  It’s time for a new installment of the 2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings.



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