When the Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland Athletics, people were harping on the importance of his power, whether it be his bat or his arm.
But as The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham pointed out before Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cespedes’ speed might be even more important than his power.
Boston lost the fleet-footed Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency in the offseason, and the equally quick Shane Victorino spent most of the season on the disabled list before undergoing season-ending back surgery. Cespedes can give the Red Sox the stolen bases, extra-base hits and coverage in the outfield that they’ve desired in 2014.
Hear more about Abraham’s take on Cespedes in the video above.
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