The trade market for outfielders is deep with Justin Upton and Matt Kemp on the market, but Red Sox' slugger Yoenis Cespedes is also drawing heavy interest. Sources indicate that it is very possible that Cespedes will be moved by the end of this week's Winter Meetings in San Diego, and that multiple teams are showing interest.
According to reports, the Tigers and Padres are among the teams who have discussed Cespedes with the Red Sox, while the Mets are not. According to a report from Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Sox and Tigers discussed a deal that would send Rick Porcello to Boston in exchange for Cespedes, but talks are "not hot" at the moment. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds that the Sox and Padres have discussed a Cespedes-for-Ian Kennedy swap, with talks failing to materialize due to Boston wanting to get a better pitcher for Kennedy in exchange for Cespedes. Two other Padres' starters, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, are also available in trade talks and may be of interest to the Red Sox.
The Mets have been thought of as a potential destination for Cespedes all winter, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that the team is not involved in the bidding for him, likely due to the fact that their signing of Michael Cuddyer filled their need for right-handed hitting outfielders.
With Detroit and San Diego known to be involved and the Mariners and Reds believed to be lurking as well, rumors involving Cespedes are likely to be some of the most serious in San Diego. The market for the soon-to-be free agent will be heavily impacted by the markets of other trade candidates, especially Kemp and Upton, who are drawing interest from the Mariners, Padres, Rangers and Orioles.