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.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.