Report: White Sox, Orioles “emerging as leaders” for Yoenis Cespedes

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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the White Sox and Orioles are “emerging as leaders” in the Yoenis Cespedes derby, with the Angels, Giants, and Rangers also involved.

According to Sanchez the market for Cespedes is “taking shape,” although it’s unclear if that means the free agent outfielder is expected to sign soon.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported Monday that the White Sox were pursuing big name outfielders, mentioning Cespedes and Alex Gordon specifically, so clearly there’s so fire behind the smoke even though Chicago currently has a starting outfield of Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Avisail Garcia.

Cespedes seems likely to get offers exceeding $100 million and won’t require parting with a draft pick to sign.