11/12 Cubs to work out Cuban star Cespedes
If you haven’t heard of Yoenis Cespedes, you will soon. The Cubs will have a private workout with the 26-year-old outfielder, who is considered to be the best player in a generation to come out of Cuba. The Cubs will have plenty of competition if they decide to pursue the five-tool outfielder. The Red Sox, Phillies, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, Rangers, Tigers, Nationals, Athletics, Marlins and Yankees are reportedly interested in him as well, and he worked out for the Marlins front office on Thursday. Cespedes (pronounced SES-peh-des) played on the national Cuban team and was currently training in the Dominican Republic. A right-handed hitter, he is Cuba’s single-season home run leader, hitting 33 this year. He broke the record with a grand slam. Cespedes would have to negotiate a series of visa processes before he could be declared a free agent. His asking price was expected to rival the $30 million Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds.
– Carrie Muskat