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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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Comments

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:45 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?



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

It is interesting that apparently he doesn't want to play in Miami. It would be such a good fit for him. I'm guessing that his agent is just trying to jack up the price of signing him. The Marlins could then move one of their outfielders for help elsewhere and given all of the talent they have on that team Cespedes wouldn't have to be The Man right away like people would expect in Chicago.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

So he will strike out alot they are trying to say?



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Reports: Marlins to meet with Cespedes Wednesday

There was only one Bo Jackson and this guy is not him


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