Monday, February 13, 2012

Cespedes reportedly to sign 4-yr deal with A’s.

According to multiple sources, Cuban OF Yeonis Cespedes will sign a 4-year contract worth $36-million with the Oakland A’s. first broke the story earlier today.  Major League Baseball had said that Cespedes couldn't finalize a contract until he obtained an unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, because of his status as a Cuban national, who is established residency in another country, in this case, the Dominican Republic, but reports today say that Cespedes has had the block removed, thus paving his way to sign the deal with Oakland.

The A’s signing of Cespedes ends months of rumors linking the 26-year-old OF, with the Miami Marlins, who offered him a contract last week, as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and White Sox as well as the Detroit Tigers. 

I have to admit I am suprised by the signing, and for a 4-year deal worth $36 million, I am a little suprised that the Tigers weren't a little more aggressive in signing Cespedes. 

Granted Detroit got the 2nd best Free Agent bat on the market in Prince Fielder.  He cost them a lot of money with his deal, I still think that somehow over the past few weeks, that the Tigers interest in Cespedes has waivered.  Cespedes might turn out to be the "real deal" but he could also turn out to be a huge bust.   I guess only time will tell what kind of player Cespedes becomes.  I'm kind of glad the Tigers aren't the ones taking the risk.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cepedes intrigue much like Tim Tebow fascination.

The intrigue of Major League Baseball and Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes is becoming much like the story that captured the attention of the NFL world this fall, Tim Tebow.
After Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder signed huge contracts, my guess is that the most discussed story in baseball is Cespedes, in the same manner many people discussed and dissected the Tim Tebow.

Not in a literal sense, mind you, because unlike Tebow, whose life has become an open book for all to read, the Cepedes story is full of mostly speculation and guess work.

Starting with this question:  What kind of player will he be?

ESPN posed that very question and came up with the following.  (the article is limited to access for ESPN Insiders so I will share some of the highlights, rather than post a link)

A group of MLB Executives were asked if they would choose Cepedes over similar “toolsy’ 20-something outfielders; Colby Rasmus, Drew Stubbs, B.J. Upton, Chris Young and Adam Jones in the following scenario: You can choose Cespedes or each of the current MLB OF for the remainder of their career, (contract and finances not figuring in the equation).  The bottom line is that most would choose the current MLB players over Cespedes, but it would be close. 

Interestingly enough, as I believe we have posted here on Tiger Tizzy, the consensus of the writers at Baseball America, would rank Cepedes as the top prospect of the teams that are considered in the running to land him.  The following teams have been linked to the Cuban who now lives in the Dominican Republic:  The Tigers, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies.  Of those teams, the 6 most likely suitors in my estimation of where he would sign; are Miami, Chicago (Cubs or Sox), Baltimore, Detroit and Cleveland. 

Cespedes was in Miami and toured the new Marlins ballpark and met with team officials on Thursday, but has since left the country to return to the D.R.  According to the Detroit News, the Tigers are still interested but the team is refusing to comment much on Cespedes, except to confirm that he didn’t visit Detroit. 

Dombrowski did however have a discussion regarding the Tigers defense.  His feeling is that the Tigers can indeed field a “good defensive club” if the decision is made to do so.  The expectation is that with signing Prince Fielder and moving Miguel Cabrera to 3B, and with Delmon Young in LF, that on most nights Detroit will chose an offensive flavored lineup.  On Tuesday, Dombrowski stated; “We’re going to hit, and that’s how we’re going to win or lose”. 

In posting a February wrap-up yesterday, I forgot to include that the Tigers had signed IF Brent Dlugach to a minor league contract on Feb 4.  Dlugach spent last season hitting .222 in 236 plate appearances with Boston’s Triple-A affiliate.  Dlugach had previously spent his first 7 seasons playing in the Tigers farm system.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recapping things involivng the Tigers in February 2012

Tiger Tizzy has been down for a few days due to computer issues.

So now that things are back up and in working order let's take a few minutes and get caught up on what has been going on with the Tigers and some ex Tigers who have been in the news.

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News explains how he thinks that GM Dave Dombrowski will handle all  the young arms that will vie for the Tigers open #5 starter slot. 

Meanwhile, Tony Paul insists that the Tigers would be making a mistake to sign Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes.

Former Tigers players were in the news over the past few days, with Brad Penny, Edwin Jackson, Armando Galarraga and Carlos Guillen signing contracts with new teams.

Penny signed a contract with Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball, that is reportedly the largest deal for an American pitcher to sign to play baseball in Japan.

Agent Scott Boras got another nice contract for one of his clients, former RHP Edwin Jackson signed a reported 1-year $11-Million deal (with incentives) with the Washington Nationals.

Galarraga signed with the Baltimore Orioles and will be invited to Spring Training with the club.  Galarraga was 3-4 5.91 with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season before being demoted to the minors. 

Guillen signed a minor-league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will also recieve an invite to Spring Training, he returns to the team that he made his Major League Debut with on Sept 6, 1998, as Guillen played with the Mariners from 1998-2003. Guillen was traded to the Tigers on January 8, 2004.

The Tigers also signed a 16-year-old Dominican prospect to a contract. 

I would like to thank John at Budget Computers for his work on my computer.