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Yoenis Cespedes Newsbeat

Friday, January 22, 2016

Heyman: mets and cespedes have a deal. 3 years guaranteed. opt out after 1.

According to Heyman, Cespedes is *still* for the rest of us.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 22, 2016 at 11:11 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mets, yoenis cespedes

Sources: Yoenis Cespedes torn between five-year offer from Nationals and his desire to stay with Mets, who won’t go beyond three years | FOX Sports

Or, more likely, the Nationals are the only serious bidder and his agents are floating this rumor to extract a larger offer from the Nationals.

By all accounts, he enjoyed his brief stay with the Mets, who acquired him from the Tigers July 31—Cespedes’ third trade in 12 months. Changing teams again might not appeal to him. Joining the Nationals also might concern him, given the number of strong personalities in their clubhouse. The Nats hired Dusty Baker as manager in part to help mold the team into a more cohesive unit.

Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward reportedly rejected superior bids from the Nationals to join the Cubs earlier this offseason. But in the end, Cespedes might act like a more typical free agent and accept the highest offer, be it from the Nationals or another club.

Or maybe not. Maybe he just wants to be a Met.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 05:28 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, nationals, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Is Dexter Fowler a better option for White Sox than Yoenis Cespedes? - Chicago Tribune

Isn’t Eaton a better defender than Fowler in centerfield?

Aside from being more affordable, Fowler seems like a better clubhouse fit than Cespedes, who already has been on four teams. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said last October: “(Fowler) always has a smile, he’s always bouncing around the clubhouse, he’s very loose and confident in his abilities, sometimes in almost a brash way. And that’s great with our team.”

It’d be great for the Sox too. And it would allow manager Robin Ventura to play Adam Eaton in left and right, giving Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia time as designated hitters while decreasing Adam LaRoche’s at-bats. Before Trayce Thompson was dealt, Ventura said at the winter meetings that Eaton was amenable to a switch from center.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, free agents, white sox, yoenis cespedes

Washington Nationals pursuing Yoenis Cespedes after missing out on fellow free-agent outfielder Justin Upton, major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports

The Nationals?

Which position would Cespedes play?

The Nats recently acquired Ben Revere, presumably to play center, possibly in tandem with Michael Taylor. Jayson Werth, guaranteed $42 million over the next two seasons with a full no-trade clause, is the left fielder. National League MVP Bryce Harper is in right.

The addition of Cespedes likely would mean that either he or Harper would be in center. The Nats, however, want Revere to play regularly—they acquired him in part to be their leadoff man. Perhaps Revere and Werth could share time in left, with Revere occasionally rotating into center and even right to rest Harper.

A trade of Werth would appear highly unlikely.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, nationals, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The solution for the Mets is easy: Just sign Yoenis Cespedes | FOX Sports

Do Mets fans really want him back for five years?

The solution for the Mets is easy – so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Sign him to a five-year, $120 million contract with a two-year opt-out and a ton of deferred money.

Cespedes, 30, could claim victory – he would get the long-term security he wants and a higher average annual value ($24 million) than Justin Upton ($22.125M).

The Mets would win, too – the five-year term is shorter than Cespedes desires, the deferred money would lower the present-day value of the deal and the opt-out would ensure that the outfielder stays motivated.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes still available but Astros not likely destination - Ultimate Astros

Where will Cespedes land?

General manager Jeff Luhnow on Friday afternoon reiterated that he feels the team does not need to make further moves this offseason. Yet, it’s clear the Astros don’t consider their winter over.

“We’re still in the same spot we’ve been in,” Luhnow said. “We’re monitoring the players that are available and trying to figure out if there’s a fit, and when I say available, I don’t mean only via free agency. There’s discussions with other teams about trade possibilities as well. Chasing down a lot of avenues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes wants $150 million and no one wants to give it to him - SBNation.com

As my father used to say, “It’s nice to want.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 263 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes making his free-agent case | MLB.com

Also not helping Cespedes is the simple fact that we’re in the midst of what’s a very tough market for outfielders, given that there’s no shortage of them still available—Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler and Denard Span, plus Carlos Gonzalez and others via trade. For outfield-needy teams without unlimited funds like the Angels, White Sox, or Giants, is it worth all that risk when more inexpensive options are available?

But that hot month, you protest. If we’ve learned anything this winter, it’s that a solid Mets player who hits like Babe Ruth for a few well-timed weeks may not see a ton of extra money because of it. Postseason legend Daniel Murphy found that out when he settled for three years and $37.5 million from Washington. Cespedes is an above-average player, capable of moments of brilliance. He just shouldn’t be paid like he’ll always be the player who led the Mets through a thrilling second half of 2015.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

White Sox, Orioles pursuing Yoenis Cespedes | MLB.com

The White Sox and Orioles have emerged as the favorites to sign Cespedes, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The Angels, Giants and Rangers are all reportedly monitoring the situation as well.

Cespedes, 30, has been reportedly seeking a six-year deal or at least a deal worth more than $100 million after a career year in 2015. He batted .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 159 games with the Tigers and Mets. CBS Sports reported last week that a reunion with the Mets is unlikely, as they had turned their sights toward a complementary fifth outfielder instead.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, white sox, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Why does nobody want Yoenis Cespedes? - Beyond the Box Score

Nobody wants him at his price. At least right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes’ 5 most likely landing spots | MLB.com

I’m not sure this is a promising list.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

Friday, December 18, 2015

Daily News lifts curtain on the backstage drama at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings

Some interesting stuff here on the Zobrist signing, when the Mets traded Dickey, and the twitterization of rumors.

Moments later, asked if the Mets would pursue a reunion with the star free agent Yoenis Cespedes, who became a fan favorite while slugging the team into the playoffs, Ricco says, “Right now, I would put it as unlikely that we would bring him back, but it’s still a possibility.”

A bell rings in my brain. I hear a headline. “Ricco: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign Cespedes.” This is not a surprise, as the free-swinging 30-year-old is expected to seek a six-year contract, which would last well into his decline phase. What’s notable is that Ricco feels emboldened to say it publicly, more assuredly than he’s been in the past. The job this week is to lead, and dammit, he is going to push himself.

Pushing, stressing, working until you’re fried: That’s the Winter Meetings, for Ricco and pretty much everyone else. A palpable sense of energy courses through the air: a wired combo of working, schmoozing, stressing, drinking, then sleeping for four or five hours and waking up for more waiting, bragging, doubting and striving. That’s a big one here: striving. Everyone, no matter what they have achieved, is always striving, striving, striving. Players, reporters, front office workers, agents — all striving for something more: a richer contract, a bigger scoop, a better job, a stronger scotch, whatever. The Mets need that World Series feeling again, but everyone here needs something.


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 ESPN.com 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.”

JEe (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 | MLB.com

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

LET THE DATA GO!! SET IT FREE!

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 - CBSSports.com

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

Neyer: DEADLINE DEALS: MUCH ADO ABOUT ... NOT MUCH

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.


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