Although the Boston Red Sox remained in talks with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes throughout the period of his free agency, the club never made a formal offer to him (via WEEI.com). Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal earlier today with the Oakland Athletics.
The Red Sox did bring Cespedes in for a workout in the Dominican Republic last November. The snag between the club and Cespedes was over annual salary. Boston wanted to get the Cuban slugger for less than his deal with Oakland.
Cespedes, 26, tied the Cuban all-time record for single season home runs. However, Boston thought he'd need to spend time in the minors.
the Sox felt that he would require some time in the minors before he was major league ready. That being the case, while the Sox did have some interest in the right-handed hitting masher, that interest never progressed to the point of an offer or a deal given his eventual cost.