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MLB Hot Stove Report: Hold on to Yoenis

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Yoenis Cespedes has come out with another Youtube highlight reel, this time with more baseball and less pig roasting and Star Wars references. Some analysis:

[T]hose highlights include some mammoth shots, with one home run leaving the stadium at a Mercedes-estimated 500-plus feet. Some scouts have put a 70 grade on Cespedes' power, and it is easy to see why. There is also evidence of some of the length and lunging in his swing that some are concerned about. It's hard to find a scout who has thrown a plus grade on Cespedes' hit tool, but even at 50, it's his lowest score of the five.

I won't presume to know more than nothing about Cespedes, because I don't and neither do you. The Yankees and their scouting team might though, so we'll have to wait and see how aggressive they decide to be.

Boston Red Sox Reportedly Sought Joakim Soria
The price for the Royals closer was apparently to high to get the Red Sox to bite.

Are the Wilpons About to Lose the Mets?
Oy. That franchise is in a real mess financially, and there don't seem to be any attractive solutions.

Mike Axisa on the Mat Latos haul
It was a lot, and probably a fair indication of why the John Danks/Gio Gonzalez asking prices are so astronomical.