According to a major league source, the Red Sox were among the teams in attendance at the workout of Cuban star (and youtube sensation) Yoenis Cespedes in the Dominican Republic last week. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in the Dominican Republic last summer.
Once cleared to play in Major League Baseball, Cespedes is expected to inspire a significant bidding war as an international free agent, with the source suggesting that the six-year, $30.25 million contract signed by Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman two years ago represented a likely benchmark for Cespedes' deal. Reports suggest that the Cuban is a five-tool player with tremendous all-fields power and the ability to play all three outfield positions.
In Cuba's Serie Nacional, he hit .333 with a .424 OBP, .667 slugging percentage and a league record 33 home runs in 99 games in the 2010-11 season. He also starred in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, hitting .458/.480/1.000/1.480 with a double, three triples and a homer in 24 at-bats for Team Cuba.
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