Cespedes, the latest international sensation

Cespedes, the latest international sensation

Cespedes, the latest international sensation

"Cespedes, the talented Cuban defector, is expected to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and be cleared to play by US officials soon after the New Year. And then he's likely to sign for more than the $30.25 million countryman Aroldis Chapman received from the Reds, according to nearly all of the dozen executives I polled.

The reasons for such a large contract, according to one team official, include a lower injury risk than Chapman, a larger number of interested teams, the new CBA and hype created by YouTube videos showcasing Cespedes' superlative athletic ability.

Baseball officials with expertise in Latin America believe the Yankees, Cubs, Phillies, Blue Jays, Rangers, Tigers, Marlins and White Sox will pursue Cespedes next month. The Nationals can't be ruled out because some scouts believe Cespedes will be a center fielder — a position Washington has been unable to fill for the long term. (Other evaluators believe Cespedes, who possesses a strong throwing arm, is a better fit in right field.)

One scout who has seen Cespedes said he's best suited to hit fifth or sixth, with the expectation that he could hit home runs, collect RBI and steal bases without the scrutiny that would come in the leadoff or cleanup spots. "That way, you don't put added pressure on top of what will come with all the money he gets," the scout said. A relatively low number of scouts view Cespedes as a potential leadoff man."

From: Foxsports

By Truth and rumors
Monday, 26 Dec 2011


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  • jenny_foxie said: The international sensation is really good. We need to know what that is supposed to be right there. - Lindsay Rosenwald 10:23AM 05/06/14
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