Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes?
Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond.
There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels are all supposed to be “interested” in Cespedes, with the Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and possibly even the Detroit Tigers supposedly “monitoring” the situation. Yet no team has committed to the five- or six-year, $100 million deal that Cespedes is supposedly seeking. In spite of the fact that the Angels desperately need to fill a gaping hole in left field and in their lineup, doing so with Cespedes – at that price – would be a mistake.
For all the reasons that the Angels need to stop looking at Cespedes as a possibility and who they should be trying to acquire if they do intend to exceed the luxury tax threshold to fill the hole in left (because the platoon of Craig Gentry and Daniel Nava is just not an acceptable), you can read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball but clicking on the link below: