However, the pursuit of the 26-year-old isn't quite the same kind of thing the organization went through earlier this offseason when it went hard after — and got — shortstop Jose Reyes, closer Heath Bell and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle.
"We want him, but we don't need him," team president David Samson said, according to the site. "The difference is this: When you want a player, you aggressively go out and try to sign him. When you need him, that's when negotiations get very one-sided."
Teams can negotiate with Cespedes and his agent, Adam Katz, but a deal cannot be officially signed just yet because he still needs to attain a working visa from his new home country, the Dominican Republic.
- David Samson
- Heath Bell