Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

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Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range.

Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even a useful regular player.  If he’s a star, you’ve come out ahead.

There are still a ton of teams interested in the guy.  The latest is said to be the Cubs.  But really, even at close to $50 million, most teams should have at least some interest in the guy.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.