Yoenis Cespedes could be a consideration for center or right field in 2015. (Getty Images)
Hanley Ramirez has been signed to play left field. So what does that mean for the Red Sox‘ season-ending left fielder?
In the case of Yoenis Cespedes, manager John Farrell said that the Sox have begun talking about the possibility of a move to another position. As news of the Sox’ signing of Ramirez circulated, Farrell said that the team reached out to Cespedes to explore that very possibility, and that the 29-year-old proved receptive to it.
“We had a chance to speak to him yesterday. To his credit, he’s just eager to do whatever is needed by this team,” said Farrell. “He’s showing that he’s a complete team player. And we’re excited to have his versatility be at our disposal at those other two spots, whether it’s center, right, we’ll determine that once we get to camp.”
Though Cespedes only played left field with the Red Sox, he has played at least some center in each of his three big league seasons, with roughly 20 percent of his career outfield innings spent in center. The Sox viewed him as a potential right fielder at the time of their acquisition of him based on his range and strong throwing arm. As of now, the team is hoping to look at Cespedes at both positions.
“He’s played center field more. and after being with him for roughly two months, we didn’t want to back him into any one particular position,” said Farrell. “We wanted to keep everything open to take advantage of his versatility and that’s going to be dependent on who else is on this team also. What’s the best team for us where we’ve got some versatility and flexibility with Yoenis.”
While the possibility of a trade sending Cespedes elsewhere is obvious given the Sox’ depth of outfield options (including Ramirez, Cespedes, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr. and others), Farrell did note the intrigue of keeping both Cespedes and the player whom the Sox have acquired to follow him into left field.
“When you consider Hanley in left, Yoenis in either center or right, you begin to look at power bats in a number of different positions and this is a really deep lineup as we stand today,” said Farrell.