Cespedes may become free agent soon


Cespedes may become free agent soon

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.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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