That 26-year-old Cuban outfielder – star of “The Showcase” – is an Oakland Athletic. He has agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract.
Now I know there is a significant chance that Yoenis Cespedes could be a bust. But isn’t this the right time to take a chance like this? The A’s are not trying to compete this year or next year. Their hope is that they’ll get back into contention in a few years when they are hopefully moving into a new stadium in San Jose. Cespedes will have had a couple MLB years under his belt by then and will be more of a known quantity. And if that known quantity is All-Star, middle-of-the-order run producer, then that’s even better.
Up until this morning, it sounded like the Miami Marlins were going to land Cespedes. A city with a large Cuban population seemed like a good fit for a Cuban player. But apparently Cespedes was shy about going to a city with a lot of media attention. So he chose to go to Oakland instead, on a shorter deal. So sometimes it pays to be that anonymous team that nobody pays attention to.