There is no easy way to deal a player like Yoenis Cespedes. The Oakland A’s, notorious for their grueling efficiency, seem to churn through position players at a high rate (though this isn’t actually true.) They’re adept cheap pickups and willingness to platoon makes it hard to know the players without a program, as they say.
Even among those players, there is a certain facelessness associated with playing in the rundown Coliseum in front of a small clutch of rabid fans. The A’s don’t splash the cash on the free agent market so there isn’t a lot of name recognition among their key contributors, few players onto which the casual fan can latch.
Josh Donaldson is a terrific player hot off an amazing season, one that netted him the fourth-most MVP votes in the American League. But for all Donaldson’s exploits, he is not yet a star. Yoenis Cespedes isn’t quite as good as Donaldson but he is, in no uncertain terms, a star.
That he’s a capital-S Star makes it difficult to trade him on an optical level. Good thing the A’s don’t spend much time worrying about optics because that is exactly what they should do – trade Yoenis Cespedes.
You see before you at least one broken man. One man is smug as some of his cryptic/hedged suggestions came to pass but, otherwise, a broken man who doesn’t know up from down. Watch as we discuss the Orioles and the myriad playoff possibilities which render some members of the Getting Blanked crew drooling boobs. The final act of Orioles magic is one of VENGEANCE against the non-believers. And Yoenis Cespedes is good, too.
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When the Oakland Athletics signed Yoenis Cespedes to his four year, $36 million contract this past off season, it was largely thought of as a calculated risk. There was a ton of raw talent there, but he was far from a typical rookie: 26-years-old and probably in need of some Minor League seasoning before he could be counted on to provide any effectiveness at the Major League level.
Now we see that as the regular season winds down, Cespedes is a big reason why the Oakland A’s are so close to securing a playoff spot. If his .350 OBP; .497 SLG; .365 wOBA; and 135 wRC+ over 523 plate appearances isn’t convincing enough, consider this: The Athletics are 78-47 with Cespedes in the lineup, and 12-21 without him.
I suppose that’s part of what happens when you have a player that can go from first to home on a single, as the brilliant Cespedes did on Saturday. If Mike Trout was being Mike Trout this season, the American League Rookie of the Year would not stray away from the AL West Division.