Following in the footsteps of fellow MLB players Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and his teammate and countryman Rusney Castillo, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics in February of 2012. He has one year remaining on that deal, so he’s clearly preparing for what next offseason will bring. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Brodie Van Wagenen will serve as as the point-person in regard to a contract for Cespedes, so this is a similar arrangement to what we have seen with Cano and Castillo.
Cespedes, 29, batted .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI over 152 games this season between the Athletics and Red Sox. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote over the weekend that Boston could make him available in a trade as they attempt to address their current outfield logjam.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.