Sunday, December 27, 2015
WHO WILL GET THE GIFT OF CESPEDES?
Christmas has come and gone and Yoenis Cespedes remains a gift to be given to a major league team.
With the acquisition of Alejandro De Aza last Wednesday, the Mets have pretty much taken themselves out of the market for the slugging right fielder. So what other teams could land Cespedes?
The Tigers are reportedly said to be “sitting back waiting for” Cespedes’ price to come down as the winter continues. But as MLB Trade Rumors points out, the Tigers GM Al Avila said at the Winter Meetings that they were out of the Cespedes market.
The Angels are another team that desperately needs outfielders after the bust of Josh Hamilton. But owner Arte Moreno has been loathe to acquire any player that would put his team over the salary cap which would enact a luxury tax penalty.
The Orioles and Giants are also rumored to be interested, but it’s clear right now that Cespedes’ price is probably too high. I don’t see teams wanting to give a six-year, multi-million deal to a 30 year-old outfielder who is projected to decline in production next year—coffee table book or not.
So who do you think will land Cespedes? Comment.
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist &
Los Angeles Dodger fan
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