Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has a story about Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo, the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Yoelkis is only 19 and he’s a lot smaller than Yoenis, but many are saying he’s just as good if not better than his older half-brother. Currently he’s wowing them in Mexico as his Cuban team plays in a tournament of winter league champions. He’ll return to Cuba after that and, at the moment, says he has no plans to leave. Which is what a Cuban player who planned to leave would say just as readily as one who truly didn’t, but that’s another story altogether.
Given the changes in rules with respect to political asylum for Cubans coming to American, where Cuban players can play professionally or not and the salary cap now imposed on international free agents, Yoelkis Cespedes’ professional career will take a different path than did Yoenis’ and will likely bring him less money. But if his talent is on par with his brother’s, we will be seeing him at some point in the future.
SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.
The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.
Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.
Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.
While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.
Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.