11/16 Cubs to see Cespedes
The Cubs will have a contingent going to the Dominican Republic on Thursday, led by Jason McLeod, the new scouting and player development director. The Cubs are one of several teams which will have private workouts with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. The outfielder is currently trying to establish residency in the Dominican Republic, which takes 15 days. Once that is completed, he will apply to MLB to participate as an international free agent. A five-tool player, Cespedes could receive as much or more than the six-year, $30 million deal signed by Aroldis Chapman. If you want a sneak peak, check out the Youtube video of the outfielder.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it since ‘Spinal Tap,'” agent Adam Katz said of the video. Katz represents Cespedes. “At the end of the day, it was compelling. As quirky as it was, it ended up being very compelling.”
Cespedes, 26, can play all three outfield positions but prefers center field.
“From what I’m being told, people feel he’s Major League ready,” Katz said. “If he’s not, I’m sure everyone will make an adjustment. Right now, we’re all planning for him to be a big leaguer. I think it’s good timing for the clubs that a player like this is available, and good timing for the kid.”
— Carrie Muskat