All right, we've knocked down the Prince Fielder domino. Roy Oswalt seems like he's about to topple. You never know when Edwin Jackson might up and put pen on paper. This offseason is winding to a close, as teams prepare for spring training. There's just that one guy - remember that one guy? The Cuban? Yeah, Yoenis Cespedes. We're still waiting on him. And, as of Tuesday, he's one step closer to free agency.
Cuban outfield prospect Yoenis Cespedes has established his residency in the Dominican Republic and is now waiting for approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent, his representative Edgar Mercedes said.
It's close. The moment that Cespedes becomes a free agent is almost agonizingly close. This moment was probably supposed to come ages ago, but Cespedes is allegedly the sort of talent for which teams will have patience.
The other day, it was said that the Tigers, Marlins and Cubs were Cespedes' hottest suitors. That was before the Tigers committed $214 million to a big beast of a man more sure to hit dingers. So I don't know if the Tigers are in or out. They're probably in to a lesser degree than they were. That's me speculating, but I've also been doing this long enough to kind of have some idea how things work, so I'm not just pulling things out of my ass.
In limited action in the Dominican winter league playoffs, Cespedes batted 5-for-35 with a homer, zero walks, and ten strikeouts. I'm guessing he is better than those numbers. The question is how much better.