Results tagged ‘ Yoenis Cespedes ’

2/14 Cubs interested in Soler

The Cubs have been keeping tabs on 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. However, reports from the Dominican Republic that they have an agreement in place to offer him a $27.5 million deal are premature. No deal has been made, and there is no gentlemen’s agreement. There are several other teams are interested in Soler, who is waiting for clearance from Major League Baseball before he can be declared a free agent. There were reports that the Cubs signed 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, but the team has not confirmed that. On Monday, Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cubs did scout Cespedes as well.

— Carrie Muskat

1/24 Cubs linked to Cespedes, Concepcion

Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic and now is waiting for approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent, his representative Edgar Mercedes told’s Jesse Sanchez. Cespedes, who was playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, has said the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Indians are interested in him. The outfielder was expected to command a contract greater than the one Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman signed in 2010 when he agreed to a six-year, $30.25 million deal with the Reds.

The Cubs also are reportedly one of the teams interested in Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion. His agent, Jaime Torres, listed the Cubs, Rangers, Yankees and White Sox as some of the teams that have shown interest in the lefty. Concepcion was 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games last season. He defected from Cuba last June and established residency in Mexico. He was declared a free agent last week.

— Carrie Muskat

1/17 Wining & dining Cespedes

Could the Cubs have the inside track with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes?

“Of all the teams that have approached us, the one that has had the most interest in me has been the Chicago Cubs,” Cespedes told the Associated Press in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “I have had dinner a couple of times [with Cubs officials] and we have talked a lot but that doesn’t mean that I am going to sign with them. I am only telling it like it is, they have shown more interest than others.”

Jose Serra, the Cubs’ director of Latin American scouting, attended Cespedes’ game Monday. The Cuban outfielder is playing in the Dominican winter league.

— Carrie Muskat

11/21 Cespedes, Jaramillo, Ryno & Santo

The Cubs are expected to get a first-hand look at Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, was part of the Cubs contingent in the Dominican. Cespedes set a single-season record by hitting 33 home runs. The 26-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder has worked out for the Red Sox and Yankees, among other teams. However, his asking price, believed to be around $50 million, may be a little steep. McLeod also had a chance to scout 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler in the Dominican.

* Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return next season and be part of new Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s staff, baseball sources said. Jaramillo talked to Sveum over the weekend. Sveum is still putting together his staff, and an official announcement was expected soon, possibly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Coaches Bobby Dernier and Ivan DeJesus will not return, according to a source.

* Ryne Sandberg, who guided the Phillies’ Triple-A team to its first winning season and into the International League championship series, will return as the IronPigs manager in 2012. Sandberg had interviewed for the Cardinals’ Major League manager vacancy, which ultimately went to former St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny.

* Tuesday is the official release date for WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes new CD highlighting Ron Santo’s career. It’s a fun-filled collection of Santo clips from the “Pat & Ron Show” broadcasts, including discussions between the two on cage dancing, cake, “Al Fonseca,” Brant Brown, and more. It’s an absolute must for fans of Santo, who died last December. The CD is the 10th in Hughes’ “Baseball Voices” series, which naturally is the perfect one to honor No. 10. You can purchase it on or at

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 Checking out Cuban prospects

The Cubs will get a look at Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes next week. On Friday, new Cubs player development director Jason McLeod watched 19-year-old outfielder Jorge Soler, another Cuban outfielder, who isn’t as high profile as Cespedes but is drawing attention from teams like the Yankees and Nationals. Soler is 6-foot-2, 215 pound outfielder. According to Nationals Director of International Scouting Johnny DiPuglia, Soler has a “Hanley Ramirez-type body. Plus arm. Plus bat speed. He’s a good kid, a good energy kid.” Cespedes is 26, and was to tryout with the Red Sox this weekend. He is expected to establish temporary residency in Dominican Republic between Nov. 25-30. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Cespedes would be declared a free agent shortly after that.

— Carrie Muskat


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