The announcement of the White Sox’s signing Yoelkis Cespedes was made early Tuesday morning and reported by multiple sources. Yoelkis Cespedes, the 23-year-old (half) brother of MLB outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, reportedly will sign for a $2,000,000 bonus. The signing will not be official until January 15th. Cespedes, according to MLB, is the No. 1 international prospect. While he is not expected to be ready for the Major Leagues, it will likely not be too long before he finds his way to Guaranteed Rate Field.
Signing Yoelkis Cespedes Impact
As mentioned, many believe that Cespedes will need some time in the minor leagues before he is ready to play in the bigs. Barring any additional deals by the White Sox, it appears that they will go with Adam Eaton and Adam Engel in right field in 2021. Of course, GM Rick Hahn has been known to surprise Sox fans with trades and signings, so one never knows. The one certainty seems to be that Cespedes will not be on the White Sox Opening Day roster.
White Sox Signing Yoelkis Cespedes: Cuban Connection
The White Sox have a rich history of signing Cuban-born players, going all the way back to Minnie Minoso. They have been rumored to be actively pursuing Cuban players for months now, and the White Sox signing Cespedes may not be the end of those transactions. AL MVP Jose Abreu, the Cuban-born first baseman, is an attractive drawing card for his young countrymen. The Sox are known to be pursuing the “Cuban Ohtani” Oscar Colas, another top talent. They also have a handshake deal with young right-hander Norge Vera. So, the Cuba-to-Chicago train appears to be up and running.
For Sox fans who have been following the Colas situation, there may be a concern about available money to sign him. Reports are that the White Sox have roughly $5.3 million to spend on international free agents this offseason. If the reports coming out are true, the Cespedes signing will cost $2 million, while the Vera Signing will cost $1.5 million. This would leave the Sox with approximately $1.8 million to spend on Colas or possibly other international players.
White Sox Signing Yoelkis Cespedes: Promising Future
Even if Yoelkis Cespedes does not see Guaranteed Rate Field in 2021, this signing still bodes well for the White Sox. It keeps the Cuban Connection growing, and allows the Sox to acquire young talent without trading away prospects or spending huge amounts of money. This signing is a win-win move for the Sox, and their fans should be ecstatic.
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