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Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes worked out with the Oakland Athletics for the first time Sunday, taking batting practice with Manny Ramirez.
Cespedes' signed a $36 million, four-year contract, the highest for a Cuban defector. The signing is a big splash for a low-budget franchise that surprisingly outbid some big-spending clubs for the slugging outfielder who starred for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Manager Doug Melvin now has 16 outfielders in camp. He says Cespedes has some catching up to do before he makes his spring training debut. Cespedes says he'll be ready in five or six days.
He is projected to be ready for the majors right away. The only question is whether he'll play left field or replace Coco Crisp in center.
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The Oakland Athletics have signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal worth $36mm, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports. Cespedes will earn $9mm in each year of the deal. The deal sets the table for Cespedes to potentially start the season in Oakland. Peter Gammons of MLB network adds that Cespedes representatives felt “the A’s wanted him more than anyone else.”...
The Oakland Athletics were the surprise winner for Cuban
defector Yoenis Cespedes, agreeing to a $36 million, four-year
contract with the slugging outfielder on Monday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $36 million, four-year contract.
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