Thursday, December 22, 2011

Are The White Sox Serious About Cespedes?


Yesterday before the John Danks news broke and blew all our minds, I was still somewhat confused by the news that the White Sox had worked out Yoenis Cespedes. Teams that are rebuilding generally don't show much interest in free agents that are going to create a bidding war.

Well, with the Danks news, we really don't know what kind of rebuild the White Sox are doing, if it's any kind of rebuild in the first place.

For what it's worth, somebody with the White Sox told Danny Knobler that the White Sox "are not rebuilding." Which makes the next tidbit even more interesting.

You'll remember that it was Knobler who first reported that the White Sox held a private workout with Cespedes. Well, in Knobler's latest post about the White Sox and their non-rebuilding rebuild, it turns out the Sox are interested in more than just working out Cespedes.
Third, the word in both the international scouting community and among White Sox people is that the Sox could be very involved in the bidding for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who should become a free agent next month.
Now what "very involved" actually means leaves a lot of wiggle room. It could just mean that the Sox will make an offer, or it could mean the Sox will make a real offer, one to compete with what other teams may make.

If the White Sox do end up signing Cespedes, it will not only signify that this rebuild was really a retool, but it would also mean that Carlos Quentin is as good as gone. Cespedes would create quite the log-jam in the White Sox outfield along with Quentin, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios.

So odds are that if the Sox are going to make a serious run at Cespedes, Quentin is going to be traded sometime soon. If not, his trade value will diminish quite a bit since it will be obvious to every one that the Sox have no real place for him.

Of course, if the Sox do sign Cespedes, that doesn't mean he's going to start the season in center field with some combination of De Aza/Rios/Viciedo in the corners. He may start the year in the minors so he can get acclimated to life and baseball in this country.

1 comment:

  1. I'd imagine if the Sox actually signed Cespedes they would create a platoon with Rios and Dunn at DH

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