Where free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes plays for the next few years is still up in the air since the market for position players is slow, but a few teams have interest in the Cuban native.
Hearing Angels may make a run at Cespedes. He’s Roc Nation’s second major MLB FA (Cano) but agent Kyle Thousand should have several suitors.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 5, 2015
Although a left-handed hitter might be a better fit, due to the Angels’ lineup being right-handed heavy, Cespedes’s bat would have an impact for any team. He hit .291/.328/.542 last season between the Tigers and Mets while playing a key role in the Mets’ unexpected run to the World Series.
The Tigers are also taking a look at Cespedes, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. However, that might be less likely since Al Avila just recently acquired Cameron Maybin via trade from the Braves, J.D. Martinez is locked up long term, and there are two prospects — Tyler Collins and Steven Moya — who are looking for a chance to start or even possibly platoon in left field.
Another team that could quietly sign Cespedes is the Giants, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
“There is speculation within other organizations that the Giants could be among the teams to pursue Yoenis Cespedes, although the slugger might have priced himself out of San Francisco’s comfort range with his strong performance since the trade deadline.”
Although anything can happen, the Giants are least likely to sign him after recently signing free-agent starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million contract and possibly focusing on signing Mike Leake. I think the Cardinals would have a better chance at signing Cespedes since they have money to spend, but their focus is on re-signing Jason Heyward and if they lose out on him, their next best option would be Alex Gordon.
The Angels are the best option to sign Cespedes and could have a very formidable outfield, if they decide to go for it, with Trout and Calhoun. Even though it’s expected for his average to go down as he continues to age, it’s very likely that Cespedes will sign a nine-figure deal with how the market is today.