Meet One of the Newest Tigers…Yoenis Cespedes

Featured imageYoenis Cespedes started the recent Cuban” invasion” when defected from Cuba in 2011 when he landed in the Dominican Republic with family members and became a free agent in 2012 when he established residency there.  One thing I’ll never forget is watching this training video before he signed…

Once free agency was granted, Cespedes had numerous teams courting him before he landed in of all places…Oakland for 4-years and $36mm.  He went on to start for Oakland immediately to start the season and went on to hit .292 with 23 homers and 82 RBI, and with an .861 OPS finished 10th in MVP voting and 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting.

In 2013, Cespedes playing in his age 27 season hit .240 with 26 homers, 80 RBI, and a .737 OPS.   Injuries can be blamed for some of it, however pitchers also should be credited to adjusting to Cespedes as his strike out total climbed to 137, up from 102 the previous season.  Cespedes was a late addition to the home run derby, although not an All-Star team member and went on to defeat Bryce Harper to take home the title.  2013 was also the first time the Tigers would face Cespedes in the playoffs, and even though Detroit would eliminate the A’s, Yoenis was a one man wrecking crew, hitting .316 in the series.

Last season Yoenis started out very well and made his first All-Star team and for the second year in a row, won the home run derby.  In typical Billy Beane fashion however, Cespedes was traded at the deadline with a year left on his contract and finished up in Boston where as expected his offensive numbers increased slightly.  For the year, Cespedes hit .260 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI, to go along with his .767 OPS.  One thing I will not forget to mention is that Yoenis had multiple highlight reel plays last year with this being the most memorable…

Finally, in the off-season, Boston traded Cespedes to Detroit with a year left on his contract for Rick Porcello (also a year left on his contract).  Cespedes started off his Tigers career with a bang yesterday, hitting a no doubt grand slam in the spring opener.

Cespedes is set to make $10.5mm this year.

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