Giants think Yoenis Cespedes will cost more than he’s worth

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was hearing rumblings in mid-November that the Giants would be one of nine major league teams in the running for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. But we can now scratch San Francisco off the list of potential landing spots for the much-hyped 26-year-old outfielder.

Giants GM Brian Sabean told Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday that his team is not planning to pursue Cespedes because “the price tag is probably beyond what his talent is.”

Cespedes’ contract is expected surpass $30 million, and early reports even had him approaching the $60 million mark. The Giants have long-term contract negotiations on the horizon with starters Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, and can’t afford to take such a massive financial risk on a raw and unproven commodity.

The Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles are thought to be the most actively involved.

Kyle Schwarber is “probably, arguably” in The Best Shape of His Life

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Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.

Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.

To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.