I’m not all that interested in a guy’s personality. I’m more interested in a guy’s commitment, and it’s not a good look for Cespedes to be a smoker. It’s not a good look to take some plays off, and several articles lately have dropped hints that teams don’t know how motivated Cespedes will remain if he signs a big deal. There’s very clearly market concern that Cespedes could go south in a hurry. I honestly don’t know if that’s fair to him, because I don’t know him, but the smoking thing is concerning enough on its own. How well is Cespedes going to keep himself conditioned? He wouldn’t be the first elite athlete to run out of raw ability. Hanley Ramirez started as a shortstop, but he hasn’t consistently put in enough work, and now he’s a 32-year-old maybe-first baseman.
Source: Jeff Sullivan, FoxSports
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