2013: .240/.294/.442, 26 HR, 80 RBI
I just read on ESPN Rumor Central that the A’s may be growing disappointed with Yoenis Cespedes due to the sudden drop in his batting average and that they are interested in Nelson Cruz (I hope we don’t sign him).
In light of a certain Mets blogger’s recent post about a certain PED user being discussed with the Mets, I’m not taking this to seriously, but I am intrigued.
Despite the drop in his batting average, Cespedes is still relatively young, is owed 21 mil over the next 2 seasons and increased his HR output last season all while playing at O.Co, which I have read is more of a hitter’s park then Citi.
What do you think are the chances of Cespedes’ availability and do you think “the braintrust” would pursue it?
Céspedes is certainly intriguing. He is a power bat in the outfield, which is what the Mets need. He is also fairly affordable (although nobody is truly affordable for the Mets these days, it seems) and is a much better fielder and runner than guys like Lucas Duda.
I wouldn’t give up a superstar-level package for him, but if a couple mid-level prospects could get it done, I’d definitely go for it.
However, the Athletics will likely want more for their powerful young (although at 28, he is not as young as you would expect a 3rd-year player to be) slugger, and if acquiring Céspedes would cost somebody like Jon Niese, I would look elsewhere.
I think Alderson would be willing to make a deal involving some combination of Ike Davis, Duda, and Dillon Gee, but speculating whether the two teams will actually meet and put this type of deal on the table is, of course, an empty exercise.