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52 Yoenis Cespedes LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 10/18/1985 | Birthplace: | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/96 | Average Draft Position: 105.99
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Tigers' Alex Avila, Yoenis Cespedes return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Yoenis Cespedes are in the starting lineup for Monday's spring game against the Cardinals.

Avila was pulled from Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness. He was initially scheduled to return Friday before being crossed off the team's travel roster. Cespedes came out of Thursday's game with quad tightness and was not expected to appear Sunday or Monday, but he'll make his return to action in Jupiter against the Cardinals.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes not in travel roster for Sunday, Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is set to take batting practice on Saturday, but isn't on the team's travel roster to go to Jupiter on Sunday and Monday, per MLive.com.

Cespedes left Thursday's Grapefruit League game with tightness in his left quad, and has not been able to return since. He did reveal that his left quad is feeling better on Saturday. He is hitting .313 with one double, one home run and five RBI in six spring games.

Barring a last-minute trip to join his teammates in Jupiter, the next opportunity for him to return to the lineup will come against Washington in Lakeland.


Tigers' Ausmus: Cespedes penciled in to play Sat., surprised if he does


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is feeling "so-so" after leaving Thursday's spring game due to tightness in his left quad, per MLB.com. Ausmus said Cespedes is penciled into the lineup for a split-squad game Saturday, but he would be surprised if Cespedes plays.

Cespedes, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Boston, is batting .313 (5 for 16) with one double, one home run and five RBI in six spring games. He also has five runs, one walk and one stolen base.

Cespedes is entering the final year of his contract. He is slated to make $10.5 million in 2015.


Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with tight quad


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game with tightness in his left quad, per MLB.com and is day-to-day. 

Cespedes already has missed time due to back soreness this spring, his first with the Tigers after being acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason. 


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes returns to starting lineup Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was  scratched from the lineup Thursday against Atlanta due to lower back tightness, returned to the lineup Saturday, starting in left field and hitting cleanup against the Braves, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lower back tightness keeps Cespedes out of Tigers' lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the lineup Thursday against Atlanta due to lower back tightness, according to the team's official website. Cespedes was acquired in an offseason trade with the Red Sox. He hit a grand slam in his first spring training at-bat in a Tigers uniform.

Cespedes will not be in the Tigers will face the Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie. He's likely to return Saturday against Atlanta, per the Detroit Free Press.


Yoenis Cespedes clubs grand slam in first spring game with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Yoenis Cespedes made quite the impression in his first game in a Tigers uniform Tuesday. Cespedes, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Red Sox, clubbed a grand slam in his spring debut, helping Detroit to a 15-2 win over Baltimore.

In his first at-bat, Cespedes popped out to first baseman Christian Walker in the first inning and then flied out to right field in his second at-bat. However, in his third at-bat he connected for a grand slam down the left-field line off Oliver Drake to put Detroit ahead 11-0.


Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes feels comfortable in Detroit


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes said he feels comfortable in Detroit and wants to remain a Tiger for a long time, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years," he said. "This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come."


Ausmus: Cespedes will pair up with Cabrera to improve his hitting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that in order to encourage Yoenis Cespedes to more of a well-rounded offensive threat, he'll have Cespedes paired up in the same hitting group as Miguel Cabrera this spring, reports MLive.com.

"I think the best way to do it is to put him in the same hitting group as Miggy," Ausmus said. "Miggy does that a lot. Honestly. I'm being dead serious. Put him in the same hitting group as Miggy and let him watch the best hitter in the game do it on a daily basis."

Cespedes, 29, was acquired in a December trade with Boston. He hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. He owns a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons.


Avila, Gose among options to bat second for Tigers vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday he is "seriously considering" batting catcher Alex Avila second in the order against right-handed pitchers, per MLive.com. Anthony Gose appears to be the other main option, but Gose could also lead off, which would allow Ian Kinsler to bat second.

Ausmus added Jose Iglesias could also work into the mix, but he doesn't see Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez or Nick Castellanos as options to bat second.


Tigers manager Ausmus: Cespedes will hit in heart of the order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will hit in the heart of the order this season, per the Detroit Free-Press.

Cespedes, 29, was acquired in a December trade with Boston. He batted cleanup in 235 of his 416 career games in the majors. He hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. He owns a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons.


Yoenis Cespedes open to long-term deal with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in a December trade with Boston, said he has yet to speak with the team about a long-term deal, but he is open to staying with Detroit past this season. He is entering the final year of his contract.

"Now that I'm here, that's an option," he said, per MLive.com. "But I'm just here to perform and play the best I can with this team."

Another big question lingering is where Cespedes will bat in Detroit's loaded lineup. However, it is a topic manager Brad Ausmus didn't want to get into quite yet.

"I'm not going to get into (that) now -- I haven't even talked to him," Ausmus said. "But he's going to be someone who is a big part of this offense."


Red Sox trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Red Sox traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello. The Tigers also acquired reliever Alex Wilson and minor-league pitcher Gabe Speier.

Cespedes is in the final year of a four-year, $36 million contract, while Porcello is in his final year of arbitration.

The 29-year-old Cespedes has a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons. Porcello, who won a career-high 15 games and had a career-low 3.43 ERA in 2014, is 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six MLB seasons.

Wilson has a 2-1 record, 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 44 relief outings for Boston. He had a 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 18 outings in 2014.

The 19-year-old Speier is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 12 career appearances (eight starts) in the minors. He was a 19th-round pick in 2013.


Report: Red Sox, Reds make no progress on deal for Yoenis Cespedes


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Red Sox and Reds have discussed a deal to send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Cincinnati, but no recent progress has been made, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi.

Cespedes, who was traded from Oakland to Boston during the 2014 season, hit .260 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI last year. 


Report: Reds have not talked Cespedes trade with Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Reds manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday he has not talked to the Red Sox about a trade involving outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

The Reds seem like a potential trade partner for the Red Sox since they are in need of an outfielder and Boston is in the market for a starting pitcher. Four of the Reds' starting pitchers -- Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon and Mike Leake -- are due to be free agents following the 2015 season.


Red Sox GM: Cespedes 'in our plans for next year'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview Wednesday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the team's plans for next year. 

“We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”

Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. 


Red Sox' Yoenis Cespedes open to playing in CF and RF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday he talked to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes following the news Boston was signing Hanley Ramirez to play in left field. Farrell said Cespedes is open to playing in center and right field.

Cespedes continues to be at the center of trade rumors. He is in the final year of his contract.


Report: M's have discussed trades for Kemp, Cespedes, Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Mariners have discussed trades on multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.


Yoenis Cespedes getting a new deal is not top priority for Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said there have been a few discussions with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' new agents, according to The Boston Globe. However, a new deal is not a top priority.

Cespedes is in the final year of a four-year contract he signed with the A's as a top international free agent in Feb. 2012. He was traded to Boston in July.


Cherington: Not looking to move Red Sox OF Yoenis Cespedes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday that the team is not looking to move any particular player, including outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, WEEI.com reports.

"Several teams have asked about our outfielders, not any one in particular," Cherington said. "Because we have some depth there, theoretically, we’ve gotten asked on that, particularly with teams that may match up. I’m not ruling out getting into a trade conversations where we might match up. But there is no particular player that we’re looking to move, including Cespedes. But we’re going to make the team better where we can and we’ll try to be open-minded when trying to do that."

Cespedes' name has come up in trade rumors as he is about to enter the final year of his contract. He hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs, 100 RBI and seven stolen bases in 600 at-bats between Oakland and Boston in 2014.


Red Sox want to talk extension with Yoenis Cespedes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB.com the team plans to discuss a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who hit .260 with 22 homers and 100 RBI. Cespedes is owed $10.5 million next season, the final year of his contract.

Yoenis Cespedes belts home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes belted his 22nd home run Friday against the Orioles. 

Cespedes struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Cespedes belted an 80 mph slider out to center for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Yoenis Cespedes set to sit Thursday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Red Sox have benched disappointing left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for the Thursday night game in Pittsburgh.

Cespedes, who has not homered since Aug. 22, has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats and one RBI since Sept. 6.


Yoenis Cespedes drives in three with homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes provided all of the team's offense Friday, in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

Cespedes had just one hit in the game, but it was a big one, as he got the Red Sox on the board with a three-run home run. He finished the game 1 for 4 with three RBI and one run scored, while striking out twice.

Cespedes had gone six games since his last home run, and is hitting just .230/.237/.446 with four home runs in 19 games for the Red Sox. 


Yoenis Cespedes returns to lineup following family issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is back in the starting lineup Friday against the Mariners, after leaving Thursday's game due to a family issue. He is batting fourth and starting in left field for the opener of a three-game series at home.