UPDATE: No word on the exact offer, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles are willing to give Cespedes a five-year deal in the range of $75-90 million. He also hears that the team has grown frustrated with the lack of progress in talks with Chris Davis and might be close to walking away. Could the Cespedes offer be an attempt to force a resolution?
6:03 p.m. ET: After being quiet for most of the winter, we are finally seeing some movement in the market for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles have made an offer to Cespedes. The specifics of that offer aren’t yet known. However, Kubatko writes that the club prefers him over fellow free agent Justin Upton. Part of this could be that Cespedes won’t cost a draft pick while Upton would. Nothing new has developed with Chris Davis, so this is a signal that the Orioles aren’t willing to wait much longer to get ready for 2016.
Cespedes, 30, is coming off a career year where he batted .287 with an .870 OPS to go along with 35 home runs and 105 RBI. Still, he hasn’t been able to land that lucrative contract many had him pegged for. The Mets have reportedly kept in touch about a short-term deal, but he still appears likely to end up elsewhere. Could Baltimore be that spot?