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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Athletics for LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes.
Cespedes can elect to become a free agent after the 2015 season and the A's stood little chance of locking him up long-term, so they shipped him off to Boston for a three-month ace rental. The 28-year-old Cuban outfielder has massive power -- which should show better at Fenway Park -- and will be an upgrade to Boston's outfield defense both this season and next season. He was hitting .256/.303/.464 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 101 games this year for Oakland. The Red Sox also got the A's Round B competitive-balance pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Jul 31 - 10:24 AM

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Yoenis Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI -- including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning -- and a run scored in the Athletics' 7-4 comeback win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Cespedes filled up the stat sheet, as he also stole his third base of the season in the win. The three-hit game was his first since June 11, but Cespedes has hits in nine of his last 10 games to pull his slash line up to .258/.306/.468. A notoriously streaky hitter, the 28-year-old is swinging a hot bat right now.
Jul 30 - 12:13 AM

Yoenis Cespedes had a nice night at the dish in Sunday’s victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI.

He also came around to score a run in the ballgame. His two-run double off Mike Mikolas capped a five-run second inning. The Home Run Derby champion is now hitting .256/.305/.465 with 17 long balls and 65 RBI on the year.
Jul 27 - 10:36 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) had an RBI single and a stolen base in his return to action Friday against the Rangers.

It was the only offense of the night for the A's. Cespedes sat out Thursday's game after he sprained his right thumb on an awkward swing on Wednesday, but it shouldn't be a lingering issue.
Jul 25 - 11:36 PM

Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

Cespedes sat out Thursday after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. Not only is he back in the lineup Friday, he's making just his second start this season in center field.
Jul 25 - 4:56 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) was available to pinch-hit Thursday.

Cespedes didn't start the game after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. It's a bit of a concern because he's had hand issues in the past, but this one does seem like a minor ailment. Cespedes is listed as day-to-day.
Jul 25 - 9:09 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.

Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest.
Jul 24 - 1:08 PM

Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day.
Jul 24 - 9:05 AM

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.
Jul 24 - 1:24 AM

Yoenis Cespedes beat out Todd Frazier with nine home runs in the final round of Monday's Home Run Derby.

Cespedes needed a swing-off against teammate Josh Donaldson just to advance to the second round, but he caught fire after that and cruised through the next two rounds, hitting a total of 30 bombs through the night. Frazier needed a swing-off himself to get to Round 2 and stunningly won in the semi-finals with just one homer after Giancarlo Stanton had a donut. It's the second straight Home Run Derby crown for Cespedes. The only other player to win back-to-back Derby titles was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.
Jul 14 - 11:49 PM

Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 against the Mariners on Sunday.

Cespedes goes into the All-Star break on a 3-for-45 slide that's seen his overall line fall to .246/.299/.442. It's a disappointing development after a month of June in which he hit .324/.373/.491. He's shown the good and bad he has to offer, and owners just have to hope it's more good than bad in the second half.
Jul 13 - 9:04 PM

Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Friday against the Mariners.

A's manager Bob Melvin indicated that Cespedes looked as though he could use a day off, and a daunting task against Felix Hernandez isn't a bad night to grab a breather. Expect to see the slugger back in the lineup on Saturday.
Jul 11 - 8:30 PM

Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

Cespedes sat out Tuesday after exiting Monday's contest with a tight left hamstring, but he's feeling much better. He's in the designated hitter spot Wednesday and could remain there for a few days just to be safe.
Jul 2 - 10:10 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) said Tuesday that he's "ready" to play.

Cespedes sat out Tuesday after exiting Monday's contest with a tight left hamstring, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday. A's manager Bob Melvin said that if Cespedes does play Wednesday, it will be in the designated hitter spot.
Jul 2 - 9:32 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is not in the A's lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

Cespedes was lifted from Monday's game with a left hamstring injury. It's thought to be of the minor variety, but he could need a couple more days of rest. Craig Gentry will start in left field in Detroit on Tuesday.
Jul 1 - 3:39 PM

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SS1Stephen Drew
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LF1Yoenis Cespedes
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