According to a report from Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes, the Cleveland Indians are one of six teams showing interest in Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes is an OF prospect who projects as a center-fielder with above average power. He is believed to be 26 years old. I say believed to be, because as we’ve seen with prospects coming out of Cuba, you can sometimes add a couple years to the total. The six teams reported to have interest are the Marlins, Cubs, WhiteSox, Orioles, Tigers, and Indians.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York wrote that the Yankees were out of the picture because they weren’t interested in spending $30-$50 million that they think it would take. If that is the case, I can’t imagine the Indians are truly ‘in’ on him either.
Clay Davenport of Baseball Prospectus wrote the definitive guide to Cespedes.