Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, acquired in the blockbuster deal for Jon Lester, could have already seen his last days in a Boston Red Sox uniform. According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Sunday, the Red Sox may be looking to trade the slugger this offseason for a variety of reasons.
“He will earn $10.2 million in the final year of his deal. Cespedes said late in the season that he wasn’t sure whether he’d engage in long-term talks with the Red Sox,” Cafardo wrote in the report. “Couple that with his desire not to play right field or work on his defense, and that could make him a trade candidate as the Red Sox try to par their outfield depth and possibly make room for Mookie Betts or add a left-handed hitter.”
The 29-year-old power hitter is heading into the final year of the four-year, $36-million deal he signed with the Oakland Athletics prior to the 2012 season and may be looking for an even bigger contract when that deal expires. The Red Sox would want to get something of value for Cespedes instead of just allowing him to walk away.
In his half season with the Red Sox, Cespedes did provide some power in the middle of the lineup. He hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers and 36 doubles between Oakland and Boston in 2014. For his career, he is .263/.316/.464 with 71homers and appears to be in the prime of his career. The Red Sox have a pretty crowded outfield, which is another reason Cespedes could become expendable. They will head into the 2015 season with Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava all under contract.