Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Oakland Athletics Monday, reports Yahoo’s Tim Brown. The Cuban outfielder can become a free agent after the deal expires in 2015. The A’s have aggresively pursued Cuban prospects in the past, but failed to land Aroldis Chapman and Alexei Ramirez.
Yoenis Cespedes is a monster athlete with above average tools accross the board. He’s already 26, so the A’s will have him for his peak. Cespedes erupted onto the prospect scene a few months ago, when this video came out. The Marlins were the favorites to sign Cespedes, apparently offering him a 6-year deal also worth $36 million, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweeted.
I expect Cespedes to be a monster and I absolutely love this deal for the Athletics. Cespedes will help the team avoid losing 100 games in 2012, and will be a key part of the team when Oakland brings up all of the prospects they traded for this offseason. In terms of baseball economics, this deal could give the A’s the look of an up-and-coming team as they transition to San Jose.
Even if Cespedes fails to live up to his hype, the A’s will probably still get enough value out of him to justify his contract. If he succeeds, he gives A’s fans a reason to come to the ballpark this year and can add to the excitement of a new team in San Jose.
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