Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 2/12/12
The latest rumor in the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes has the Miami Marlins offering less than $40 million for the Cuban defector. While Cespedes has yet to negotiate with any other teams, a $40 million price tag seems reasonable for 6 years for the 26 year old. Cespedes can not sign a contract until he is unblocked by OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) and the list of additional teams interested in his services include the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, and Orioles which could drive up the money he commands. But at $40 million, a team could be getting a steal. If he signs a contract for about $40 million, the team that gets him could be a big winner. Cespedes has hit over .300 every season except one since 2004. He has been among the homerun leaders and in 2011 set a league record in Cuba with 33 homers in only 354 at bats. In a full major league season that would be 56 homeruns. He has had a slugging percentage of .600 or higher in four seasons and his walks to strikeout ratio has imp...
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