Jason McLeod, Himself, Will Observe Yoenis Cespedes and Other Bullets

MLB’s GMs are meeting in Milwaukee, and that means hot stove goodness. Well, at least lukewarm goodness. So, there will be plenty of that later today, as well as thoughts on Aramis Ramirez, and Theo Epstein’s meeting with Carlos Zambrano yesterday. Until then, bullets…

  • I noted Sunday that the Cubs would soon be holding a private workout for Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes, and it looks like that workout will take place on Thursday in the Dominican Republic. And the Cubs aren’t kidding around: Scouting and Player Development Chief Jason McLeod will be in attendance with a handful of other Cubs’ scouts. The Cubs plan to check out some other players while they’re down there, too. The Cubs’ interest in Cespedes was first reported, eh hem, by me. Boom. Self-congratulated.
  • Theo Epstein is hopeful that he and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington can finally settle the outstanding compensation issue between the two sides, now that they’ll be “under the same roof” this week. Of the dispute, Epstein told a Boston radio station, “I know I’m right, because I know my own faults better than Ben does. I know my limitations. I’m just not worth that much. But I’m sure it will work out, one way or the other, in a way that satisfies all the parties involved. The talks are very amicable. That’s the most important thing.” If the two sides can’t work it out, Bud Selig’s office may have to settle the dispute this week.
  • The Players’ Association had planned to meet with agents this week as a part of the briefing process, but, since there is not presently a collective bargaining agreement on which to brief those agents, the meetings have been postponed. Many remain hopeful that a deal can be finalized this week – there are multiple reports that the hard slotting issue is close to a resolution, ditto for draft pick compensation – but it may take another week or two. The owners meet later this week, so settling it now sure would be convenient. The current agreement expires December 11, but don’t let the NBA nuclear option scare you: a deal will get done.
  • Super agent Scott Boras shared his thoughts on two clients of note, first basemen Prince Fielder and Carlos Pena: “Prince has hit well in Wrigley Field, that’s for sure, and he’s done OK in that division, too …. It’s power and defense [with Carlos Pena]. You’re always looking at that position for someone who can give you the production, the 85-100 RBIs and 25-30 home runs, and can give you good defense. There’s not a lot of first basemen in the league providing that.” Boras noted that he hasn’t yet spoken with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, but expects to speak to them this week. “You have a whole new regime there, so as to what they think or how they think, I haven’t had the opportunity to know,” Boras said. “Knowing Theo and how his regimes work, they’ll have a very decisive resume for what they want to do, and they’ll let me know.”
  • Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin offers his thoughts on hitting coach Dale Sveum and former pitching coach Mike Maddux, both of whom are candidates for the Cubs’ managerial job.
  • More details on Assistant to the GM Shiraz Rehman’s duties, from the Cubs’ official release: “Rehman will support the general manager on potential player acquisitions and will assist in providing scouting, financial and statistical information to support trade and player evaluation. He will also develop the club’s evaluation database and coordinate the department’s technological efforts.”

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

40 responses to “Jason McLeod, Himself, Will Observe Yoenis Cespedes and Other Bullets”

  1. Cliffy

    A tip of the cap to Brett for being the first to reported the Cubs interest in Cespedes. Where were the beat writers ?

  2. college_of_coaches

    Question regarding Fielder: will the team that signs him as a FA have to relinquish their first round draft choice?

    1. Kyle

      He is a Type A, so yes, unless the pick is in the top 15, in which case it goes to the next pick.

      The Cubs signing Fielder would give up the 6th pick in the 2nd round.

    2. fearbobafett

      that all could change based on the new CBA, as the Type A stuff was suppose to change dramatically in exchange for the salary cap on the draft stuff. At least that is how i am taking all the posts on that topic

  3. CubFan Paul

    Z is Free! Z is Free! Z is Free! Z is Free! Z is Free! Z is Free!

    i’m sharpening my “i told you so” sticks and pitchforks

    1. Kyle

      I’m not celebrating just yet. With Zambrano, there’s always a chance he reports to camp out of shape or something and blows it.

      But Epstein is, as always, approaching this the right way and I’m very happy to hear it.

      1. CubFan Paul

        supposedly Z is in great shape and has been working out twice a day. He’s on a contract year mission that should make him a solid Starter for the 1st half of 2012

    2. DRock

      It sounds to me like Theo is doing all of this to try to raise his value because he knows it is at an all time low right now and we would get nothing back in return for Z. My guess is (and my hope), Z will still be traded in spring training or before the trade deadline at the latest.

  4. Edwin

    Where are they meeting in Milwaukee? I’m in that neck of the woods.

  5. Cliffy

    A question for Brett. What does it take to become a credentialed member of the media. With the importance of the internet one would think that it is in the best interest of the cubs to have a strong base there as well as “the mainstream media”. I don’t mean to be aged biased but the beat writers are not inclined to be user friendly with this new fangled thing called the internet. In the spirit of full disclosure I’m one of the GREY generation as well but I’m hip to most of the latest new fangled ways to gather and share info.

    1. Kyle

      Getting credentialed is at the discretion of the organizer, and it really depends on what you want to get credentialed for.

      If you want to get a media credential for the local high school playoff football game, you just need to fill out a form.

      If you want to get a media credential for the Super Bowl, you have to submit exhaustive documentation to show that you’ve been actively covering one of the teams involved every day for the last 50 years, whether you are 50 years old or not, and then you still probably won’t get it.

      I’m not sure how it works for the Cubs. I imagine it depends on what you want. Field access for Extended Spring Training is probably a lot easier to get than clubhouse access to the big league club during the regular season.

  6. CubFan Paul

    supposedly Cespedes killed a pedestrian and decided to try to come to America instead of staying in Cuba til the issue was resolved

    “many rumors now surround the care wreck in Cespedes was apparently driving, an injured pedestrian subsequently died ..all that is clear is that cespedes indeed fled cuba before the matter was ever resolved..”


  7. Dumpman

    6/40 or whatever it will cost to get this guy seems to be a lot if hes going to start in AA.. I really trust McLeod’s judgement though. Wow.. its great to say that.