Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t a member of the Red Sox for very long, and the 29-year-old thinks it was no coincidence that he was traded away just a half-season after being acquired from Oakland.
Speaking with USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz, the now-Detroit Tiger says he believes a campaign to get him shipped out of Boston began after disputes between Cespedes and Red Sox 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,’’ Cespedes told USA Today. “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.’’
Cespedes came to the Red Sox at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics. He played 51 games for the Red Sox in 2014, hitting .269 with five home runs and 33 RBIs on a Sox team that finished in last place in the American League East for the second time in three seasons.
With a year remaining on his contract, Cespedes was traded to the Tigers this offseason in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello. Cespedes has gotten off to a good start in Detroit this season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 48 games. Porcello has gone 4-4 in 10 starts this year with a 5.37 ERA.
Beyeler, who also serves as the Red Sox’ outfield instructor, has been the team’s first base coach since 2013. He came up through the coaching ranks in the Sox farm system; as manager of Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012, he led the PawSox to their first Governors’ Cup championship since 1984.
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