Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe:

Word is spreading that the Red Sox could make Cespedes available. He will earn $10.2 million in the final year of his deal. Cespedes said late in the season that he wasn’t sure whether he’d engage in long-term talks with the Red Sox. Couple that with his desire not to play right field or work on his defense, and that could make him a trade candidate as the Red Sox try to pare their outfield depth and possibly make room for Mookie Betts or add a lefthanded hitter.

Boston has an outfield logjam between Betts, Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Daniel Nava, so there’s going to be some kind of deal-making this winter. Cespedes was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline in a blockbuster trade that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s. The 29-year-old batted .269/.296/.423 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games down the stretch for the Red Sox. He should be able to fetch another decent return.