Yoenis Céspedes says he was surprised that the A’s traded him to Boston last season
Céspedes was shipped to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster July 31 trade that involved pitcher Jon Lester. Céspedes ended up being traded again in December during the winter meetings, this time to Detroit.
Céspedes said that Ariel Prieto, a former A’s pitching coach and Céspedes' translator during his time in Oakland, told him how the A's front office operated.
"Prieto would tell me Oakland is a school where they develop the players, then they let them go,” Céspedes said to USA Today. "I was a little surprised to see some of the main figures leave.
"Then, why operate?” he added. "Don't they want to win a championship?”
Since the trade Oakland has won only 40 of 103 games, including a 17-30 record this season, the worst mark in the American League.
Céspedes says he thinks one of the reasons he was traded from Boston was his issues with first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.
“There were some rumors in Boston, things that were said about me that I said were not true, so I knew they were going to trade me,” Céspedes said. "The first-base coach treated me like I was a rookie when I got there, wanted me to do things a rookie would do, and I told him I wasn't going to, so he started talking.”
Céspedes, 29, is making $10.5 million in the final season of his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season.
He is hitting .284 with five home runs and 24 RBI this season.
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