When the Oakland Athletics signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, it was a pretty big deal.
As a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, I thought they for sure had a good chance at landing Cespedes. But Billy “Moneyball” Beane was able to get the job done before anybody else.
Ever since his Major League debut, Cespedes has been making some noise even though he’s had some hiccups here and there. Either way this team has a franchise player in this young man.
Now somewhere along the line some rumors were spread around about the possibility of the Athletics listening or dealing Yoenis.
There were supposedly some talks between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Athletics about a possible trade that would send Cespedes to Arizona. According to Susan Slusser on Twitter, Oakland never came close to dealing him.
The #Athletics never came remotely close to dealing Cespedes, btw. Whenever his name comes up, it’s other teams asking, that’s extent of it.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 5, 2013
The 28 year old slugger has 49 home runs and 162 RBI’s in his first two years in the Majors.