A’s Agree to Terms with OF Yoenis Céspedes on Four-Year Contract

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with outfielder Yoenis Céspedes (Yo-EHN-ees SES-peh-des)  on a four-year contract through the 2015 season, the club announced today.  To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s have placed third baseman Scott Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list.

Céspedes played for Granma in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for eight seasons before defecting following the 2010-11 season.  He batted .323 with 145 home runs and 464 RBI in 528 games over his final six seasons in Cuba. Céspedes led the league in runs (89) and RBI (99) and tied for the league lead in home runs (33), while batting .333 in 90 games during his final season in 2010-11.  The 26-year-old joined Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League during the playoffs this January and hit .143 with a home run and two RBI in nine games.

Céspedes played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, batting .458 with two home runs and five RBI in six games.  He was also on Cuba’s World Cup team that season.  The right-handed hitter compiled his best batting average in 2005 when he hit .351 with 23 home runs and 78 RBI in 88 games.

He becomes the 11th Cuban-born player in Oakland A’s history.  The previous 10 were Campy Campaneris, Jose Canseco, Ozzie Canseco, Tito Fuentes, Orlando Gonzalez, George Lauzerique, Marty Martinez, Ariel Prieto, Diego Segui and Jose Tartabull.

Sizemore, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear to his left knee during the team’s first full-squad workout last Saturday, batted .249 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games for the A’s in 2011.  He will undergo season-ending surgery later this month.

Céspedes statistics in Cuba follow:

 

Year

Club

AVG.

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

CS

SLG

OBP

2003

Granma

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics Not Available

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

Granma

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics Not Available

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005

Granma

.351

88

339

89

119

24

4

23

78

44

53

8

3

.649

.442

2006

Granma

.303

89

340

79

103

24

3

17

66

42

53

15

10

.541

.409

2007

Granma

.284

89

366

82

104

16

2

26

78

32

50

4

4

.552

.342

2008

Granma

.323

85

328

83

106

19

0

24

76

43

40

15

0

.601

.411

2009

Granma

.345

87

342

87

118

19

4

22

67

42

45

5

3

.617

.426

2010

Granma

.333

90

354

89

118

17

1

33

99

49

40

11

3

.667

.424