Everyone’s been talking about the Cuban outfielder/home run masher who defected to the Dominican and is about to sign with some team willing to shell out big bucks. Is it the Yankees? According to the River Ave Blues blog, it could be.
Report: Yankees held private workout for Yoenis Cespedes
By Mike Axisa
Update (Nov, 8th): Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees had some serious heat watching Cespedes in the Dominican Republic, including pro scouting director Billy Eppler, VP of baseball ops Mark Newman, special assistant Gordon Blakely, and scouts Gary Denbo and Donny Rowand. That doesn’t strike me as a routine scouting trip.
Original Post (Nov. 7th): Earlier today the world was introduced to Yoenis Cespedes, the next big thing out of Cuba who will be so over-hyped that it’ll be nearly impossible for him to meet expectations. Tonight, Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that the Yankees held a private workout for the supposed 26-year-old outfielder on Monday, a clear indication that they have at least some interest in signing him. As far as we know, Cespedes has yet to declared a free agent by MLB, but that is expected to happen within the next couple of weeks.
How was the world introduced to Yoenis? His management company produced a slick video biography of the kid and it goes way beyond one of those nifty notebooks Scott Boras hands out about his free agents. There’s no need to watch the whole video – it’s looong – but if I were a GM I’d have trouble ignoring him. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want an expensive Cuban bust on my hands who turns out to be 10 years older than he claims. El Duque Hernandez was beyond fabulous in pinstripes, but Jose Contreras and Juan Miranda? Not so much.