Tough to do better than this signing if he is as good as advertised.
Supposed to be a 30 hr guy with a chance of being 30/30. 5 tool talent that should hit for good average also.
Not sure I would have signed with Oakland if i were him. No lineup protection and huge park. In Miami you have Reyes, Hanley, and LoMo with you to help you put up huge numbers and get a massive contract thanks to it.
Some of the local South Florida radio talk is that Cespedes wanted to get as far from Cuba as possible. Outside of the Mariners, he's done that. To me, this was solely about money. The Marlins offered him $36M over 6 years, the A's $36M over 4 years. Do the math.
I wish the Marlins had gotten Cespedes, but tossing $9M per year to a guy who has never taken one MLB at bat is risky. The Marlins thoroughly checked this guy out and Guillen said the comparisons to Bo Jackson are ridiculous. Guillen compared him to a poor man's Raul Mondesi.
I looked back at what Cuban defectors did in the majors recently and from a hitting perspective it's been less than expected. Kendry Morales had one good year and Alexei Ramirez has been solid, but that's it, and neither of those guys were making close to what Cespedes will earn.
Not a badly written article. LOL it has another Bo Jackson reference. My God, can we just allow a guy one at bat before making such a lofty comparison? I didn't watch the 20 minute video, though. I can't watch a 20 minute porno, I sure as hell can't watch some guy stretching and doing baseball warm-ups for 20 minutes.
i sure as hell wouldn't bet against this guy being a stud from all ive seen/read. he is in a tough spot though...if he can hit 30 hrs a year in oakland with a good average around .280+ he will (or at least should) get 15-20 M/ year in his next contract.