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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Alex Wilson, and RHP Gabe Speier from the Red Sox for RHP Rick Porcello.
Cespedes will become the Tigers' new starting left fielder and should carry significant fantasy value batting in a lineup behind the likes of Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez. Cespedes slashed .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 152 games this past season between Oakland Boston. He can become a free agent after 2015. Dec 11 - 12:37 PM

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According to CJ Nitkowski of FOX Sports 1, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been traded to the Tigers for right-handed starter Rick Porcello.

Alex Wilson, a right-handed reliever, is also headed to Detroit in the deal along with low-level minor league pitcher Gabe Speier. The Tigers wanted to add an outfield bat and they found a good one in Cespedes, but giving up Porcello couldn't have been an easy call. Porcello had a career year in 2014 at age 25, posting a 3.43 ERA in 204 2/3 innings for Detroit. Cespedes and Porcello will both be free agents next winter.
Dec 11 - 9:43 AM

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko hears that the Orioles haven't had internal talks about Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported Wednesday that the Orioles have interest in Cespedes, but it sounds like no talks have taken place. Still, they have an obvious need for an outfielder, so this could be revived at some point.
Dec 10 - 3:46 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Orioles have interest in a trade for Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Nothing is considered imminent, but Bradford writes that it's viewed as a "good fit." It's unclear who the Red Sox could be targeting, but Wei-Yin Chen is a possibility. Like Rick Porcello -- another rumored target -- he will be a free agent after 2015.
Dec 10 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark continues to hear that a Yoenis Cespedes-for-Rick Porcello deal between the Red Sox and Tiger "is possible."

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reported on Monday that "there wasn't a match," but perhaps things will change now that Jon Lester has signed with the Cubs and the Red Sox are evaluating the starting pitcher market. Both Cespedes and Porcello are entering their final year prior to free agency.
Dec 10 - 1:46 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox and Tigers discussed a Yoenis Cespedes-for-Rick Porcello deal, but "there wasn't a match."

It's possible talks could be revived, but it's not looking likely at this point. The Red Sox have been telling teams that they don't have to trade Cespedes, but their outfield is overcrowded at the smart money remains on them dealing him. Both Cespedes and Porcello are entering their final year prior to free agency.
Dec 8 - 6:44 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Mets are not interested in trading for Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The Red Sox seem increasingly likely to move Cespedes this winter, as he's in the final season of his contract and they are already overloaded with outfielders. The Mets could certainly use an offensive upgrade in their outfield, but the 29-year-old Cuban slugger doesn't seem to be a fit.
Dec 7 - 7:28 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox and Padres have discussed a trade that would send Yoenis Cespedes to San Diego and Ian Kennedy to Boston.

The Red Sox like Kennedy, but Rosenthal says they're currently holding out for a better deal. It's always possible that the two sides could revisit it and possibly tweak the proposal a bit. Cespedes seems likely to be moved, as the Red Sox have a glut of outfielders and he has expressed no desire to sign an extension prior to free agency next winter.
Dec 7 - 3:47 PM

Corey Brock of MLB.com said it's believed the Padres have talked with the Red Sox about a potential trade for Yoenis Cespedes.

After falling short in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, Brock cites a source that said the club has turned its attention to trades. Among the possible targets is Cespedes, who could be on his way out of a crowded Red Sox outfield. Brock mentions Ian Kennedy as a potential match in a trade, a name that has been brought up often when gossiping about a hypothetical deal between the clubs. Where there's smoke there's usually fire, but for now we'll have to settle for smoke.
Nov 25 - 11:45 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Yoenis Cespedes has expressed a willingness to play center field or right field.

With agreements with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in place, Farrell discussed the situation with Cespedes on Monday. Many have speculated that the additions have all but punched his ticket out of town, but the Red Sox are still weighing their options. Cespedes can become a free agent after 2015.
Nov 25 - 1:53 PM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated Friday that the team is not actively looking to deal outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Cherington noted that while there isn't any particular player they are looking to move, including Cespedes, that the organization remains open-minded to anything that can make the team better. With a potential logjam looming in the outfield, it would be surprising if the Red Sox don't move an outfielder over the winter.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 8 - 3:03 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that a recent report that the team's coaches dislike Yoenis Cesepdes is "completely unfounded."

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was told by a "Red Sox insider" that Cespedes "marches to his own drum" and that the team's coaches "all hate him." However, Farrell said that he was "totally surprised and caught off guard" by that assertion. Cespedes could still get traded this winter, but it will likely have more to do with his contract situation and the team's outfield logjam than whether he was popular among the team's coaches.
Oct 28 - 12:57 PM

A Red Sox insider told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that the Red Sox coaches "all hate" outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

"He marches to his own drum," said the unnamed source. The Red Sox acquired Cespedes from the A's in July for Jon Lester and were initially planning to work out a contract extension with the 29-year-old Cuban slugger, but he has not endeared himself to many people in Boston's clubhouse or front office and it now seems likely that he will be traded this winter. Cespedes, a free agent after 2015, signed on with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports last week.
Oct 27 - 10:14 AM

Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday.
Oct 20 - 4:11 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 19 - 1:00 PM

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4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
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