Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has repeatedly stated he is willing to discuss re-signing with the Detroit Tigers this offseason. It doesn’t appear, however, that he will get that chance.
The Tigers have already dealt ace David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays and are reportedly close to sending closer Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Therefore, Cespedes is the next best trade piece left on the Tigers roster.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Baltimore Orioles are interested in acquiring Cespedes. That’s extremely convenient as the Tigers start their series in Baltimore on Thursday night. Perhaps the logic here is to save money on the airfare for the left fielder to join his new team (that’s a joke).
All jokes aside, Cespedes would solidify the outfield for Baltimore. The Orioles have moved Chris Davis to right field this season and five-time All-Star Adam Jones mans center field, but the Orioles are currently splitting playing time in left field between Travis Snider, David Lough and Nolan Reimold.
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None of those outfielders are hitting above .260. Cespedes is batting .289 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 398 at-bats this season.
But by no means is Cespedes to Baltimore a done deal. Despite being just one game back of the final Wild Card spot, RotoWorld speculates whether the Orioles have the prospects in their farm system to trade for a big name like Cespedes, especially when he would likely leave for free agency after the season.
There are also rumors that the Chicago White Sox have inquired about Cespedes according to CBS Jon Heyman, but there are also questions about whether the White Sox have enough prospects for the trade.
After winning seven straight games, Chicago is 49-50 and just 2.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot.