Orioles make offer to Yoenis Cespedes
It sounds like the market for Yoenis Cespedes has finally received his first contract offer. Roch Kubatko of MASN.com reports that the Baltimore Orioles have made an offer to the slugger. The Altanta Braves and the New York Mets have also shown interest in Cespedes but this is the first offer that the media has heard of.
Per industry source, #orioles have made offer to Cespedes. Seem to prefer him over Upton at the moment. Nothing new on Chris Davis.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) January 14, 2016
Kubatko says that the team is interested in Cespedes more than Justin Upton which really isn’t a surprise. Upton has draft pick compensation tied to him while Yoenis doesn’t. So for a team who wants to compete now while continuing to build what would you do? So what is the actual offer?
It's believed the #Orioles are willing to go to five years and the $75-90M range to sign Yoenis Cespedes.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 15, 2016
If five years for $75-90 million is the actual offer that’s not too bad with what Cespedes will bring to the table. The Orioles have been growing increasingly frustrated with Chris Davis and his contract demands so they’ll need to replace his power in the middle of the lineup. Which is exactly Cespedes specialty.
Cespedes hit 35 homers combined between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets while hitting .291 with 42 doubles and six triples. His 35 homers won’t quite replace Davis’ 47 homeruns but he’s more well rounded as a hitter. Combine him and Adam Jones and you’ve got one hell of a middle of the lineup.
There’s no telling if the Orioles offer is what Cespedes want but we now know the bidding has begun. It’s the Braves and Mets move now, will there be a bidding war?