Yoenis Cespedes Newsbeat
Monday, April 04, 2016
“The ball just fell out of my glove,” Cespedes, who also struck out to end the game with the tying run at third base, said through an interpreter. “...The ball just fell. I’m human.”
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Does Yoenis Cespedes have a future on the PGA Tour?
The New York Mets slugger certainly seems to think so…
“He’s got a complete game, honestly,” trainer Chris Wray told the The Times. “If he would take lessons and leave baseball, he could play on the Tour. He’s a three, four handicap, and he’s playing part time.”
Friday, February 26, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
According to Heyman, Cespedes is *still* for the rest of us.
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.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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.”
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
As my father used to say, “It’s nice to want.”
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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.
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
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
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.”
Posted: November 21, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
Monday, November 09, 2015
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.
Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
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