Outfield market notes: Tigers looking at Yoenis Cespedes, Royals are out on Alex Gordon
Assistant GM John Ricco has said re-signing Yoenis Cespedes remains unlikely given his current demands, instead turning their attention to a left-handed bat to complement Juan Lagares.
The Mets have been connected to Gerardo Parra, Denard Span and Dexter Fowler this winter, although Span remains the best fit of the three (if he’s healthy) considering he’s a natural centerfielder and not tied to draft compensation.
The market for free agent outfielders has yet to become defined, presumably because Cespedes, Alex Gordon, and Jason Heyward remain on the open market and the second-tier free agents are waiting them out.
Here are some rumors surrounding the outfield market as the Winter Meetings begin their first full day…
- The Tigers are looking at bringing back Cespedes as well as signing Alex Gordon, even after acquiring Cameron Maybin from the Braves earlier in the off-season (Heyman, CBS Sports). In August, the Tigers reportedly indicated they would look to re-sign Cespedes this winter after dealing him to the Mets on July 31.
- The Royals believe the Cardinals could be a threat to sign Gordon as well (Nightengale, USA Today).
- The Royals do not think they will be re-signing Gordon (Sherman, New York Post).
- Despite the Marlins insisting they’re not moving either Jose Fernandez or Marcel Ozuna, they have talked with the Diamondbacks (Rosenthal, FOX Sports) and the Dodgers about the exploration of a deal for Fernandez surrounding Corey Seager and Julio Urias (Passan, Yahoo! Sports), suggesting they would only move their prized right-hander in an overwhelming deal. Marlins President Mike Hill said last week teams are asking about Fernandez and Ozuna, but they remain unmotivated to deal either.
- The Padres are shopping Matt Kemp, and looking for a shortstop in return (Lin, San Diego Tribune).