The intrigue is over. Or maybe it’s just beginning.
Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has reached an agreement with the Athletics, agreeing to a four-year, $36-million deal. The contract is smaller than some early estimates of what Cespedes might get, but it’s still a hefty deal for a guy with such a small track record (none of which came in the States). The A’s, though, are a team that might need to roll the dice from time to time. They don’t have the payroll to consistently sign the top free agents, so it might make sense to shoot for the stars on a deal that could be a complete bust or a complete bargain.
The Yankees never seemed to be a likely fit in the Cespedes sweepstakes. He was a big name on the international market, so of course the Yankees were part of the speculation, but given their current roster and recent trend away from such high-risk deals, it never seemed legitimately likely that they would be major players for Cespedes.