Cespedes may become free agent soon

Cespedes may become free agent soon
January 8, 2012, 4:15 am
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Rumors are still circulating around Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The 26-year-old is brimming with athletic talent and may become a free agent as soon as Jan. 15, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

When -- and really, if -- he becomes a free agent, the White Sox very well may have interest. Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez said at least six teams will be in on Cespedes and it's not unreasonable to think the Sox are part of that group.

With Carlos Quentin gone, only Alex Rios, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo remain in the Sox' outfield. Cespedes would probably need some time to sharpen his skills in Triple-A before joining the big-league club, but could conceivably have an impact in 2012.

De Aza and Viciedo have shown they deserve full-time spots, but the reality is they could still experience some growing pains. De Aza is no spring chicken (he will turn 28 in April), but he has only 346 major-league at-bats to his name.

Plus, if Rios doesn't bounce back from his horrid 2011 campaign, he could easily be a candidate to find some bench time to let Cespedes play.

Plus, as WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz has already brought up, the fact Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez are both Cuban may be a big influence on Cespedes wanting to come to the South Side.

Frisaro believes Cespedes could be had for somewhere around four years and 32 million, a rather reasonable price considering he was originally asking for eight years and 60 million.