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The Chicago White Sox are having themselves a monster offseason. After signing the best closer on the open market in Liam Hendriks to a 4-year, $54 million deal, Chicago’s at it again. They just inked the No. 1 international prospect to a $2.05 million deal:
That name should be recognizable, since he’s the half-brother to former Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Hopefully he doesn’t tend to wild boars in his free time like his big bro.
The #WhiteSox have agreed to a $2.05 million deal with No. 1-ranked international prospect Yoelqui Céspedes and a $1.5 million deal with No. 15 Norge Vera. More from @JesseSanchezMLB: https://t.co/P9G3i5ufv8 pic.twitter.com/QrQRI48iWp— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 15, 2021
This guy’s supposed to be 23 years old, but he looks like he has three kids and a 401K account. Also, where are the Cespedes brothers getting these eyebrows?
Must be where all the power comes from.
Baseball wise, this kid’s got all the tools, which makes sense as baseball’s No. 1 international player.
Top international prospects, led by Yoelqui Céspedes, are eligible to ink deals with #MLB teams tomorrow when the new signing period begins. Who’s signing whom? https://t.co/9Citywl9Zp pic.twitter.com/EwL1p5l8nf— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 14, 2021
As you can see on tape, Céspedes is expected to bring that lightning bat speed to the bigs in no time. Scouts have also raved about his “instinctual abilities” on the field that should translate to a more entertaining brand of baseball compared to the status quo. Tons of strikeouts, walks, and homers these days, so Yoelqui should bring a bit of that “old-school” flavor.
Chicago is clearly becoming a landing spot for young Latin stars as Céspedes will be joining White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada in that lineup. The White Sox should be dangerous this season, barring injury, so keep your eyes peeled for a division title as soon as this year.