Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks. The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes' abilities. On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end.
Cespedes is a 26 year old center fielder, and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus calls him "arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation". He's expected to see a deal at least in the $30.25 M range that Aroldis Chapman received in 2010.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of eight teams that had someone at Cespedes' workouts. Brown mentions that the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Florida Marlins are three of the teams that have private workouts in the upcoming weeks with Cespedes, but does mention that there ...
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