Cubs Have Shown Most Interest in Yoenis Cespedes

According to a report from DiarioLibre.com, the Cubs have shown the most interest in Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes spoke with Dionisio Soldevila prior to Monday’s playoff game in the Dominican Republic and said he “has attracted the attention of at least six major league teams, but none has shown as much interest in him” as the Chicago Cubs.

The report noted that “while the Cubs have been more active than others, it does not mean he will sign with them.”

Executives for the Cubs, including Jose Serra, were in attendance Monday to watch Cespedes play. Serra is the Cubs’ Coordinator of Latin American Scouting and is credited with signing current players Rafael Dolis, Alberto Cabrera, Welington Castillo, Jeffry Antigua, Junior Lake, Carlos Marmol and Starlin Castro.

Cespedes said, “I’ve eaten a few times with them and talked a lot, but that does not mean it is safe for me to come sign with them. I’m just telling it like it is, they have shown more interest than others.”

According to the report
, the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Marlins and Indians are the six teams that appear to have shown the most interest.

Cespedes cannot sign with a big league team until he obtains residency in the Dominican Republic. The process is expected to be resolved soon.

Yoenis Cespedes is 2-for-19 since he began playing in the Dominican last week.

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Below is a translated version of the report.

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English Translation of Linked Report
Yoeni Cespedes, “Cubs have shown more interest in me”

Cuban nationality slugger is playing with the Cibao Eagles

News Comments
CéspedesSANTO Yoeni DOMINGO – The Cuban slugger said Cespedes Yoenis attracted the attention of at least six major league teams, but none has shown much interest in hiring him as the Chicago Cubs.

“Of all the teams who have come, the one that has interested me has been the Chicago Cubs,” Cespedes said Monday at the Quisqueya Stadium, before the playoff game between the Tigers and the Cibao Eagles Licey.

Cespedes, 27, defected from Cuba six months ago, where he was part of the national baseball team. He led the Cuban league home run and there is speculation that it could receive more than $ 50 million once it comes to free agency in baseball.

At least 10 teams have seen more private shows in the Dominican Republic, where he has hosted since he defected in July.

Meanwhile, Céspedes has played four games with the Eagles and just 15 at-bats have connected an infield hit with five strikeouts for a .067 average.

The Cuban clarified that while the Cubs have been more active than others, does not mean he will sign with them.

“I’ve eaten a few times with them and talked a lot, but that does not mean it is safe for me to come to sign with them. I’m just telling it like it is, they have shown more interest than others,” said .

Were in the stadium on Monday Cubs executives, including director of operations in the country, José Serra.

Cespedes said recently that there are six teams interested in his services: the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Orioles, Marlins and Indians.

“We have not been offered because I’m still resolving my situation of Dominican residence, but with God before it will be soon,” he said.

The Cuban clarified that the bureaucratic process to obtain your residence permit in a country outside the United States and Cuba, one of the requirements for deserters from the Caribbean island, is almost solved.

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  • ChiCubs2012

    I hope the Cubs pass on Cespedes and sign Soler.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      I hope they sign both.

      • chicubs2012

        Cespedes is a HUGE risk. Theo can’t afford to sign this kid just to see him flop. Soler fits into the mold of what Theo is trying to do. Sign Soler, save money, and hit the international market and draft hard.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    From all I’ve heard SOLER Has a much higher up side. But cespedes is major league ready and believed to be an impact player now.

    • Dorasaga

      Curious. I wonder what’s the source; who thought he’s major league ready?

      • Coolpdxcubsfan

        It sounds like Jose Sierra, our big dog regarding Latin American scouting.

        • Dorasaga

          I wonder how many % of the signing bonus Jose will receive in cash.

  • cc002600

    for that kind of dough, not crazy about it.
    I’m very skeptical of these guys who are not proven in MLB.  seen this movie too many times now.

  • jw

    If the price was right why not…but not for the money that’s being quoted without even one day at the MLB level. Theo is not going there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JKQGSH67PHSCQL7OCOLRJHIGY TomO

    Besides, if we sign him at his supposed price, where does he fit in?  Soriano or Byrd would have to be shipped. If we sign Cespedes before we trade an OF, then wouldn’t that lower our leverage?

    • paulcatanese

      I would rather keep Byrd (ugh) and Soriono (ditto ugh) both before they went for this guy. At the very least the Cubs know what they have.
      I have a very hard time believing Theo would go for this guy.

      • kubphan82

        Could it be that the Cubs don’t want anyone to know what they have?  So knowing what Soriano and Byrd have to offer may be considerably less appealing this year than taking a chance on something they don’t know, but speculate to know.

        Why can’t YC start the season in AAA?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He can start the year in Triple-A and that is where some feel he will start regardless of what team he signs with.

        • John_CC

          Good point.  I’m not sure I would rather have Byrd.  Yes, Paul, we know what we have there and it isn’t very inspiring. 

          • paulcatanese

            Agree John, it isn’t the best scenerio at all.
            Cespedes is 27? right now and before he’s ready could be 29 or 30 before he’s ready for the show, if then.
            Just a bad move to sign him.
            If he comes aboard at the minimum price okay, but not for what he’s asking.

          • John_CC

            I agree, Paul, the biggest issue here is his age. It would not seem to make sense to avoid Prince but sign YC for 4-5 years.  We’ll see. I also am not going to pretend that I know more about this kids potential than the scouts that have been watching him.

      • Coolpdxcubsfan

        Not that it matters, but I notice that he is 2 for 19 in the Dominican right now. Anyone can have a slump, but if he is ML ready and up against AA pitching down there…………….

  • paulcatanese

    Wow,2-19 with one hard hit ball, thats really tearing it up. NOT.

    • gary3411

      just curious, where did you read he only hit one ball hard?

      • paulcatanese

        In the remark section 1st or 2nd comment. Twitter.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Gary, Enrique Rojas tweeted it

        Yoenis Cespedes get first hard hit in pro baseball. 2 for 19 with #Aguilas in Dominican League.His first hit was of the infield variety.

        • gary3411

          That doesn’t mean he didn’t have hard hit balls that were outs though, just saying he could have 3-4 line drive outs, hard one or 2 hoppers, and some long fly balls that we don’t know about, unless someone does know.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Gary, because of the convention I could not watch the games but I have been tracking. From the multiple accounts I have read, he’s not squared up many balls so far.

          • paulcatanese

            As I recall his first six at bats included four strikeouts,don’t know about the other nine. Gary, this guy has his own press corp.
            If he turns it around in good baseball, I will eat crow, just don’t think so.
            If he feels the pressure against AA pitching, what’s he going to do if and when he see’s good stuff?

  • RynoTiger

    Hopefully his Dominican residency situation takes another couple of weeks and all looking at signing him get a longer look to see how he performs in game situations as opposed to workouts.  

    I remember reading an article that Cespedes and his agent may have made a big mistake by allowing him to play winter ball, especially if he flops.   

  • Dorasaga

    Whoever translated it into such a readable form: muchos gracias!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      You’re welcome … with a little help from Google.

  • Coolpdxcubsfan

    Supposedly we have the best staff in the business watching what is going on down there. Certainly Jose Sierra is great (Castro, Marmol, Lake etc((several others)) but wow, 2 for 19 so far in winter ball that is sort of scary against supposedly weak pitching. I guess we just have to trust them to do what’s best for us.

  • darkwingduck

    So there is no legality issues with talking with Cesepedes then, and expressing interest? 

  • Jason Penrod

    I think your title is deceiving. The translated report says that “the Cubs have interested him the most”. That does not mean the Cubs are more or less interested than other teams as your title seems to suggest.

    Just saying, I wouldn’t read into it as some readers seem to be doing.

    • paulcatanese

      Don’t know, but it seems that remark came directly from Cespedes himself. But it could be his interpetation with the launguage and it came out that way.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I understand your point, in my defense I am not the only one that read the translation that way. The first line of the translation is Yoenis Cespedes, “Cubs have shown more interest in me”.