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Justin Upton was apparently tired of all this Yoenis Cespedes talk, as he signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Tigers worth $132.75 million. He also got an opt-out clause in the deal, which is available after the second year.
Our own Mike Bates asks the important questions around here, and yesterday he asked if the Royals will regret signing Ian Kennedy.
So, I guess the answer to my question is that neither the Kennedy nor the Leake signings are likely to be problems for their new clubs for the next 2-3 years. The trouble with signing these low upside arms is when you buy them in bulk, exclusively using free agency to fill out your rotation with long and expensive commitments. It reduces the flexibility that any club needs to adapt when prospects develop or retreads break out. Every organization can use an Ian Kennedy or a Mike Leake. They just can't really use more than one.
It was mentioned in the Daily Dish yesterday, but the Astros could potentially be a landing spot for Yoenis Cespedes.
While the Astros aren't known as a big market team, they would appear to have plenty of funds to sign Cespedes. Rasmus is their highest paid player ($15.8M), and after the 2016 season, Houston has roughly $45 million in expiring contracts. Even if they can't truly afford Cespedes now, they could backload a potential contract in order to secure the outfielder.
However the biggest question is whether or not the Astros truly want him. At 30-years old, a long-term deal would take Cespedes through his age 36-season (he's stated publicly he wants a six-year contract), which would be far beyond his prime.
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