The agent for online Cuban sensation Yoennis Cespedes said this afternoon that his client is “a ways down the road” from becoming a part of the free agent market, but it’s clear that Cespedes hopes and expects to be available in time for spring training, and he clearly expects a Major League job when he gets there.
“He’s an unusual guy,” Adam Katz said. “He’s 26. He’s Major League ready. People are going to evaluate, and there will be a value established. People will bid competitively. (The contract) will be what it will be… From what I’m being told, people think he’s Major League ready. I think he feels like he is, and if he’s not, I’m sure everyone will make an adjustment. Right now, we’re planning for him to be with a big league club.”
Katz said Cespedes prefers to play center field but would be open to a job in one of the corners. Establishing value through a comparable player, he said, is difficult because of the circumstance (age, international player, thin free agent market). Katz joked that he’d never seen anything quite like the now infamous YouTube scouting video “since Spinal Tap.”
Quirky videos aside, Cespedes’ greatest calling card might be the fact he’s a potentially dynamic outfielder in a market that doesn’t have a ton of high-end outfield talent.
“I think it’s good timing for the clubs to have a player like this available,” Katz said. “And good timing for the kid.”