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Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:06 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 5:44 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

And the dance begins ...

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes has been said to have anywhere from six to 12 suitors at different points this offseason, but he first needed to gain residency in the Dominican Republic. Once that was done, he still had to be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. He then needed to be "unblocked" by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Coming to America
Tuesday, multiple reports surfaced (including Juan C. Rodriguez, Miami beat writer) that Cespedes has acquired a visa and will arrive in Miami either Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon [UPDATE: He's here, and Rodriguez took a picture of Cespedes in the airport upon his arrival]. Those reports are also stating the Marlins will meet with Cespedes Wednesday in an attempt to woo him.

Cespedes, 26, is an outfielder that some scouts have said could possibly have a Bo Jackson-type power-speed combination. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Cespedes hit .333/.424/.667 with 33 homers, 99 RBI, 11 steals and 89 runs in 90 games last season in Cuba.

"He's a five-tool guy, built like an NFL running back," one scout told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com in December. "He has tremendous raw power, with all the tools to be a 30-30 guy in the big leagues."

In addition to the Marlins, the Cubs and Tigers have been most heavily connected to Cespedes in rumors.

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Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday


  Forget about Cespedes.  The Marlins have all this money to spend.  A few years back they were dumping salary left and right.  The Marlins should trade Hanley Ramirez and others to the Tigers in exchange for Miquel Cabrera.  It allows the Marlins to obtain their goal of being Hispanice friendly.  WIll remove any possible drama by moving Ramirez and they can clearly afford it.  It works for Detroit because they can play Ramirez at short and put Johnny Peralta at third. They will not have to worry about defensive problems at third and when Victor Matinez come back next year. they will not have 2 1/2 DH's.  I am not  a fan of either team but I am sure the Marlins have Major leaguers or Major League ready players to off set the talent difference between Cabrera and Ramirez.  Both great player!! 


eoodgood
Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:36 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

The majors hasn't had a Cuban player as a position player in quite some time, correct? (I mean Cuban players who defected)




Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:05 am
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

if your in sports you get a visa really fast. if your just an ordinary person, say phillipino, you have to wait 7 long years. that's just not right.
If you are Phillipino, who has whatever skills for company to offer him multimillion contract and sponsor his visa, he will get it in the same instant as Cespedes.


tallsarabrightm
Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:22 pm
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Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

Hopefully the Marlins to not waste their time on this guy, as most runaways usually aren't as advetised.  It's also wrong that they are allowed to just come and get work visas as said below. There is nothing special about these people that qualify them to get special privelidges. The government needs to make some adjustments.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

Yea, Shadow Boxer.... Here in Detroit they are not saying much, which usually means there is an interest at the right price....The word I have heard from numerous outlets is he may be a 5 tool guy, but he can't hit the off speed stuff to well....



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

if your in sports you get a visa really fast. if your just an ordinary person, say phillipino, you have to wait 7 long years. that's just not right.


tallsarabrightm
Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:46 pm
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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

Everything that I have heard (which doesn;t mean a whole lot since it always changes) is that the Marlins and White Sox have been after this guy.  I hear wrong?
I haven't heard much talk about the White Sox in regards to Cespedes.  The Cubs is the Chicago team that has been most talked about.  As stated in the article -- the other two teams who have been reported the most interested is Detroit and Miami.

Not sure what is the case with Detroit -- they are still they are still involved in trying to sign him, but I can't imagine they are going to up their payroll anymore after signing Prince Fielder.  Then again -- Detroit's owner is a billionaire, so it wouldn't shock me to see him go after Cespedes too. 


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