according to brock, the padres are believed to have reached out to the red sox regarding yoenis cespedes‘ availability.
Cespedes, 29, would become san diego’s top power threat, though he’s only under control through the 2015 season and has a contractual clause preventing him from receiving a qualifying offer. However, as brock notes (and as many others have speculated), a trade centering around ian kennedy and cespedes would seem to be a fair swap of comparably priced players with only one year of control remaining. Cespedes is earning $10.5mm in 2015, and mlbtr contributor matt swartz projects kennedy to earn $10.3mm. San diego has a wealth of pitching talent but little in the way of outfield bats, and the red sox have the opposite problem. Boston also added hanley ramirez on a four-year deal today and announced him as their new left fielder, leaving little doubt that cespedes could be had on the trade market. At this time, however, brock notes that it’s unclear just how serious the friars are about working on a cespedes trade. Gm a.j. Preller is tirelessly exploring possibilities, so there’s no guarantee to this point that cespedes is a top target.
In addition to cespedes, names like justin upton, evan gattis, matt kemp, michael saunders, dexter fowler, allen craig and matt joyce have seen their names surface in trade rumors over the past week or two.