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  1. Hoping the White Sox jump on this

    Comment by Eminor3rd — June 27, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  2. Why on earth wouldn’t people be excited by a guy who puts up numbers fairly comparable to Cespedes and he’s 5 years younger?

    Comment by jimm6 — June 27, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Ditto. Still salty that they didn’t go after Soler, though I can’t complain about KW after this past week.

    Comment by Chris K — June 27, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  4. Word on the street (not sure if it was confirmed) was that the Sox put in a very competitive bid of something like $25m on Soler. I’m hoping that means they might throw some of that at Puig. If for no other reason than a Puig shirsey would be fun to have.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — June 27, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

  5. Because the HR power is the elite tool that has allowed Cespedes to transfer to the bigs, and their HR totals aren’t close. Plus he’s a year removed from paying competitively. Still you’d have to think he’d be ready for high A, and would move fast once he gets his timing back.

    Comment by Preston — June 27, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  6. I wouldn’t call Cespedes’ power elite. His 26, this is as good as he’ll likely get. His power is very good, but I think elite is a strong word. If Cespedes were 22, then his power is elite, at 26 though, it’s not. Plus I’m guessing Cespedes is older than 26 and the possibility of him using PEDs in Cuba are fairly high given how easy I hear it is to get them. Even if Cespedes isn’t 30 with inflated Cuban numbers due to PEDs, he’s still already at least 26, peaking with above average power.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 27, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  7. I just meant as a raw tool, the guy has big time power. Most scouts had him around a 70. His other tools as impressive. Quite frankly I think the BA and OBP numbers are inflated by the power. So it’s not like we can say Puig would be Cespedes without the power. Obviously because of the age Puig could be the better player as he develops, but Cespedes got the money he did because the A’s thought he could play right now. I don’t get the sense anyone thinks that about Puig, so he will probably get something around what Soler got. Which will still make the boat trip more than worthwhile;

    Comment by Preston — June 27, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  8. I just meant as a raw tool, the guy has big time power. Most scouts had him around a 70. His other tools aren’t as impressive. Quite frankly I think the BA and OBP numbers are inflated by the power. So it’s not like we can say Puig would be Cespedes without the power. Obviously because of the age Puig could be the better player as he develops, but Cespedes got the money he did because the A’s thought he could play right now. I don’t get the sense anyone thinks that about Puig, so he will probably get something around what Soler got. Which will still make the boat trip more than worthwhile;

    Comment by Preston — June 27, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  9. Cespedes was wicked overrated and if this guy can only get half the homeruns he should just be ignored. Unless you’re the red sox and just throw money at people

    Comment by Anders — June 27, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  10. i think it might be a little too early to label cespedes as “overrated,”… were not even to the break yet… and dude has hit some absolute seeds just in this past series against the dodgers. i can’t see him regressing, only improving. thoughts?

    Comment by joe — June 28, 2012 @ 1:36 am

  11. Dodgers just paid $40 mil? Seriously?!

    Comment by ryan — June 28, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  12. Kasten..and seriously. LAD is desperate, and 40 mil for 7 yrs is nothing if he’s even average next season in the show..

    Comment by train — June 28, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  13. I like this signing by the dodgers, it shows there willing to spend big money to get high potential guys who could be future stars in the majors. You have to remember that these stats are only over around 320 plate appearances, so projected over a full season, pug would have hit about 30 home runs. Puig also had much better strike out and walk totals at a much younger age and is known to be extremely fast. Id say if he produces anywhere near that in the majors it’s worth about $6 million a year.

    Comment by Jacob — June 28, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

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