Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the A's have signed Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says the deal is worth $36 million over four years, beating the record six-year, $30.25 million contract that the Reds handed Aroldis Chapman in January 2010 by a wide margin. It's an incredibly surprising move by the supposedly cash-strapped A's. Cespedes carries great hype and has the potential to contribute at the major league level in his first year, but the A's have quite a few holes to patch before they can be considered competitive. And the "prospect" they just signed is already 26 years old. He'll make $6.5 million in 2012, $8.5 million in 2013 and $10.5 million in 2014 and 2015 before hitting the free agent market again heading into the 2016 season. The contract will be finalized in about 10 days. Cespedes has already passed a physical, an identity investigation, and a drug test.
The hell? I don't get it. They block the OF prospects the have in the minors, specifically Taylor. There must be more moves to come in terms of clearing the OF depth. I dunno. Seems like an odd move though. He goes to a god awful hitters park too so I don't see a lot of fantasy value here.