Friday, January 13, 2012
Yoenis Cespedes Acknowledges That The White Sox Totally Dig Him
Yoenis Cespedes made his Dominican Winter League debut on Thursday night, with many baseball fans watching the game on the internet. I was not one of them. I instead chose to spend my night watching a Blackhawks fan go all "Joe Namath" on CSN's Sarah Kustok.
What I missed was seeing Cespedes strike out three times, which means he'd be a perfect fit in the White Sox lineup next year. So it's a good thing that the White Sox were one of the six teams that Cespedes acknowledged had shown a strong interest in him after the game.
Cespedes talked to AP reporter Dionisio Soldevila after that game and told him that the six teams showing the most interest in him are the Sox, Cubs, Marlins, Tigers, Indians and Orioles. The Yankees, Phillies, Blue Jays, Rangers and Nationals have also shown some interest in him, though apparently not as much as those first six teams.
Either way, it's clear that there will be quite a few suitors for Cespedes, and that means his price will likely go up once he becomes a free agent. And that means that I don't really like the White Sox chances.
When you combine the fact that the city of Miami has a huge Cuban population as it is, and that the Marlins are spending money like it's not even theirs -- and it may not be! -- you have to think they'll make the biggest offer.
So while it's nice to know the Sox are interested, I wouldn't go getting my hopes up.