Yoenis Cespedes is one of the top free agents left on the market. The Cuban left fielder hit .291 last season with 35 home runs, 105 runs batted in, and helped the New York Mets reach the World Series for the first time 2000. Dodger rumors are that the outfield slugger could possibly be a off season target
As Dodgers Nation’s own Anthony Irwin wrote about a couple weeks ago, signing someone like Cespedes wouldn’t actually impede what the Dodgers are trying to do. They can still develop the younger players while also shoring up a position of need – i.e. left field.
Well, ESPN Baseball Analyst and Insider Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) went on MLB Network radio today and had this to say:
.@JimBowden_ESPN: Hearing there are 10 teams still in contact w/ Cespedes. Process intensifying. Something could get done in next few days
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 17, 2016
Now, obviously there are no teams listed there so it’s completely open to speculation at this point in time. However, it is interesting to note that there are 10 teams that are still in contact with the talented 30-year old outfielder. Could one of those teams be the Los Angeles Dodgers?
If you go off of positional need, it could be reasonable to assume that the Dodgers would be interested in possibly making a deal with him since, as of right now, it looks like it’ll be a platoon job between Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier. But that’s where the fun comes in.
This is where the Dodgers can negotiate from a position of power. Several teams out there are looking for a possible left field bat. Chief among them being the Baltimore Orioles after they just came to agreement with an Chris Davis, which took them out of the running for Cespedes. Perhaps this leads the way to an Ethier + Alex Wood for a prospect (maybe Dylan Bundy?) trade that opens up space for an outfielder to get signed.
Adding Cespedes would give the Dodgers a long-term answer for a position that has seemed very short-term lately. Giving Cespedes something like three years and $72 million, or thereabouts, could be something he might be interested in.
The upside to just making a run at Cespedes in general is that if they do sign him, by some miracle, then they don’t have to give up a draft pick because he wasn’t with the Mets for a full season. That’s just another perk of looking at him, and it’s something that led the Dodgers to Scott Kazmir.
While developing the younger talent is definitely a tantamount goal of this organization, signing someone who can also help in the now, as well as in the future, would be just as big of an important aspect as anything else. It’s at least something they should consider. Stay tuned this winter for all transaction Dodgers news and rumors.