If the Yankees want to take a chance on Yoennis Cespedes, they might have to pay him like a proven big league outfielder.
At this week’s GM Meetings, Cespedes’ agent was clearly positioning his client as an immediate impact player, and reports are that he expects to be paid as such. Peter Gammons reports a price range between $35 and $50 million.
The Yankees don’t have a ton of upper-level outfield depth, but they also don’t have a pressing need for a big league outfielder. The challenge for their scouts is to decide whether Cespedes is worth the risk (and the money). Signing him could certainly create some ripples through the rest of the roster.