Oakland Athletics Will Need Yoenis Cespedes To Be Team Leader

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There was a big bidding war last season for the services of Yoenis Cespedes. The Oakland Athletics ended up with Cespedes in the end and after a very solid rookie season in Oakland, he could be expected to do even more in 2013.

Cespedes had 23 home runs and 82 RBIs while hitting .292 for an Oakland team that made the playoffs unexpectedly. With Cespedes in the prime of his career at age 27, this could be a season where Cespedes hits over 30 home runs and knocks in over 100 runs for a very solid Athletics team.

Cespedes got his $36 million over four years to play in Oakland, and after the Athletics got pitching that blew my mind, Cespedes was able to help the Athletics push the Detroit Tigers to the brink of elimination in the playoffs. I really believe Cespedes is going to be the next big star in Major League Baseball.

Oakland could need more from their star with so much young pitching bound to fail at least somewhat this season. If Cespedes can anchor the middle of the Oakland lineup and knock in over 100 runs, Oakland could challenge in a very good American League West.

The climb is going to a whole lot harder this season in the division with improvements all around, but Oakland has enough to make things difficult on the other teams in the AL West. Cespedes is going to show fans yet again why he deserved such a big contract before last season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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