March 18, 2009; San Diego, CA, USA; Cuba center fielder Yoennis Cespedes (51) runs into third base following a stand-up triple during the sixth inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic against Japan at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Mandatory Credit: Photo By Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Cespedes Signs With A's. What The H E Double Hockey Sticks?

Its pretty much been flying around the internet this afternoon, but I will link MLB Trade Rumors as the source for Yoennis Cespedes finally deciding to sign a contract with a team. Drum roll please………..

The Oakland A’s?

Not sure how this one makes a ton of sense for Cespedes and his crew, geographically, financially, or otherwise, but that is where he lands. The good news for Cespedes is that if he doesn’t play well, there isn’t going to be anyone there to boo him, and if there is, they are too far away from the actual game action for him to here it.

It’s actually not that terrible of a signing for Billy Beane and company. After all, if he is good, he could fetch a nice haul on the trade market later on, and he does fit in well with the whole rebuild thing if he isn’t ready right away. He should compete with Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick for playing time, and could even start the year in the minors if the A’s see fit.

The strange thing about the signing is that it very likely means they still finish well below the Angels and the Rangers for the division race, so it kind of seems like throwing money in the well without getting the wish.

The A’s got Cespedes for an average of 9M dollars per year for four years, which is a pretty good chunk of change for them to spend. I don’t think that was out of Detroit’s ballpark financially, but they may have not wanted to commit that kind of money to him after signing Fielder to over 200M dollars last month.

Oh well, I’ve always contended that the Tigers should be more interested in Jorge Soler anyway. He is younger, going to be cheaper and has just as much, if not more, potential than Cespedes.

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  • sportz

    So who has signed with the team they were rumored to be linked to besides why is it shocking..

  • garretkc

    It makes sense financially for Cespedes. He gets to go to free agency early and makes a ton of money annually in the meantime. Then again, it’s obviously not a natural fit otherwise; the Athletics will now have somewhere around 11 guys competing for five spots (the outfield spots, first base, and DH) barring a trade and the Oakland Coliseum will probably hurt his power numbers a bit. For the A’s, this probably makes sense if they can get a couple of good years out of him (putting a fan or two in the seats) then dump him for a nice load of 2016-ready prospects.

    • Matt Snyder

      @garretkc Wasn’t he a free agent right now? I know what you mean though. He should get a shot right out of the gate for Oakland, and he’ll be looking to prove that he’s worth even bigger money next time. He’ll be 30 then, so he’ll be looking to score big.

  • valordesign

    Very surprised that he went for this. Cespedes really isn’t as high risk as he seems. The tools that he brings to the table, with the power and the defensive skillset alone, if he only hits in the around 2.60, that will be productive enough to warrant this contract. Good signing by the A’s.