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Oakland A's Sign Cespedes, Make AL West Even Harder

I know Astros County has already expressed their displeasure at this one, but I have to say I reacted the same way upon hearing the news that the much-hyped Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes signed with Oakland. I was pissed he signed in the division Houston will be moving into in 2013.

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We don't know what to expect from Cespedes, since he has very little film (other than that hilarious scouting video), and he could very well not prove a factor at all for the A's. It's not surprising, though, since Billy Beane has not been afraid to roll the dice on high-profile Cuban defectors in the past.

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It still sucks. Who else is going to the AL West? Tim Lincecum? So help me, if he signs with the Rangers or Angels in two years...

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Meanwhile, Houston is struggling to field impact players and has few in the pipeline that could cling to that title. Ugh. Let's forget I brought this up. I'd rather continue to be pumped by Spring Training on the horizon.

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