Twins To Trade For Home Run Derby Champ Yoenis Cespedes?


The Boston Red Sox have made quite a splash this morning in acquiring both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency. With both moves, they seemingly have a player log jam with one of the deepest 25 man rosters in major league baseball. As Ramirez is slated to play left field, Yoenis Cespedes becomes the odd man out. Are the Twins a fit?

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Yoenis Cespedes is 28 years old and coming off just his third season in the big leagues. After being traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Jon Lester, Cespedes hit .269/.296/.423 across 51 games. He hit five home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Red Sox.

Cespedes has always been a power guy, as noted by Twins fans with him winning the 2014 Home Run Derby at Target Field. With a big arm and big bat, he could be a potential answer for the Twins left field problem depending on what the asking price from Boston is.

At this point, the Red Sox appear motivated to move him. The Twins will obviously have Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, and Alex Meyer off limits, but with one of the deepest farm systems in baseball, they have plenty of other pieces. A combination including names such as Eddie Rosario, Lewis Thorpe, Jorge Polanco, or even Max Kepler could get the job done.

Right now, there are no indications that the Twins would even be interested in Cespedes. The only outfield name, outside of Torii Hunter, they have recently been tied to would be a much lower risk and price option in Wily Mo Pena, but it is always worth wondering.

Look for Minnesota to continue to work towards building a better 2015 roster through a few key additions.

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