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Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:29 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 8:37 pm
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There are plenty of differences between life in Cuba and in the United States -- and while I'm no expert on Cuba (besides my two years living in Guantanamo Bay while in elementary school), I'm guessing the free agency process is something Cespedes hasn't experienced before.

Coming to America
One of the keys to this process is leverage -- and if he wants to play in Miami, he's doing it wrong. In Miami on Wednesday to visit the Marlins -- the first leg of what is expected to be a tour -- Cespedes arrived at the airport and briefly spoke to the assembled media.

"It would be good [to play here]" Cespedes told "half a dozen media members" at the airport (via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel). "There are a lot of Cubans and they would support me a lot. Hopefully I can play for the Marlins."

Or maybe I'm wrong and he doesn't want to play in Miami and he's being ultra-savvy to get the Chicago teams to up their offers.

Rodriguez also notes that in addition to the usual suspects of Cespedes admirers -- the White Sox, Cubs, Orioles and Tigers -- the Indians and Athletics are also interested in signing Cespedes.

The 26-year-old center fielder is going to sign for a lot of money, wherever it is. So far, estimates have been for as "little" as $35 million and as much as $60 million.

Cespedes donned a hard hat for his walkthrough at the almost-completed park in Miami's "Little Havana" neighborhood. In Spanish, he said he believes the Marlins "can compete for a World Series" as early as this season.

Cespedes can't sign with a team until he's cleared by the U.S. Treasury's Department of Foreign Assets Control, but he can negotiate and agree upon a deal. His agent, Adam Katz, has said he expects Cespedes to start spring training on time, but the only question is where.

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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:58 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

lol star loser or whatever your name is, your a freakin idiot lol. no point to assess your comment other then your a loser.....


To those of you who are saying he will be a bust simply because he has never played against major leaguers, or compare him to Felix Pie, keep this in mind...there have been players that came over with a lot of hype that made it too.

Hideo Nomo

Fernando Valenzuela

Hideki Matsui

There have been busts too. 

But also, for those of you crying about the money, Bryce Harper has made a ton of money and still has not played a single game against major leaguers yet.  Is he going to be an automatic bust by your standards?  He should be.  Stephen Strasburg got a ton of money before playing a professional game.  Yet you didn't cry about that, but Darvish and Cespedes, both of whom have played professionally before, which is higher than Strasburg or Harper did before they got paid, and both have been successful. 

I think it is ridiculous money, but so is what 1st round draft picks get.  Until we have an international draft, and a salary cap, this is what you will get.  There are a ton of Jeff Weavers out there...far more of them than your Hideki Irabus.'

LOL to this comment. your TOTALLY WRONG. strasburg and harper both made big money compared to other first overall picks and deserved it when it comes to MLB money. but do you honestly know what their contracts were for???? because both of them contracts combined, for the 4-5 yrs they are both on their contract's, doesnt even equal the least amount of money they think this guy will get which was said to be 35 million. in this report they say the least they are hearing is 35 and maybe as much as 60 million. now go look up strasburgs contract cause thats the biggest drfat signing ever. and i think it was for a total of like 15 million??? i may be a little off but he isnt making 60 mill over 5 years like this kid is gonna get. so your just totally wrong. and the kids that are coming out of the draft(like strasburg and harper) are young kids that have time to develop into major league stars, not 26 yr old players who are suppose to be reaching their prime around that time. this kid hasnt even seen a MLB pitch and hes already 26. everyone is right when they say cespedes doesn't deserve 60 million. he should be treated like a first overall draft pick at best. 35 million  is said to be around the least he would get??????? CRAZZZZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYY GM's out there today. but hey good luck on whoever signs him. luckily my phillies already have one of the best CF's in the game in victorino and dont have to spend big on a guy like this who nobody even knows what he'll do.

never would i spend that kind of money on a hitter that old converting to the best league in the world. its so much harder to hit a baseball then to throw one hard. thats why a guy like aroldis chapman would be the better investment IMO because atleast you know he can throw 100MPH. who knows if the kid can even hit a ball that moves......

IMO any team that ponys up anymore then what chapman got is taking an incredibly HUGE and DUMB risk. let the kid prove he can hit a breaking ball before hes making more then shane victorino(8million for 2012).......INSANE!!

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:27 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:31 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Japan won the world baseball classic in 2009, not an all-star team of American MLB players. Baseball is an international sport, stop acting like players that exist outside of the MLB are inferior. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:55 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

"star racist" that has to be just about the dumbest post I've ever read in my life and yes, I was around (and a die hard Tigers fan) for both the 1968 and 1984 titles and the near misses in '67, '72, '87, '06 and 2011.
Yes, Cabrera has had a pair of alcohol-related incidents, but to say the first (in 2009 NOT 2010- at 81-81 that 2010 team wasn't going to the playoffs period) was quite a stretch. Cabrera drank after the next to last game of the regular season (Saturday night). In the one game playoff with the Twins, two games later, he only hit a home run, drove in two runs and collected 2 hits in a 1-run loss. I don't recall him missing any games after the second incident en route to Spring Training.
"victor is a broken down wreck...." Sat what? That "broken down wreck" only hit .330 with 103 RBI's in his first season in Detroit and suffered a knee injury during off-season work outs. True, he'll miss this season, but to expecting his skills to diminish the next couple of years is also quite a stretch.
"Magglio was never what he was in Chicago...." oh really? Let's see... in 2006 his line was 24 home runs, 104 RBI's with a .298 average.In 2007 it was 28-139 with a .363 average and in 2008 he went 21-103 while hitting .317.  Do you have a problem with those numbers?
"Valverde is a joke, more lucky than good.... " look up the word "perfect" in the dictionary son because that's what he was last season in save situations. After the first couple of saves it becomes more "skill" than "luck." When you're perfect for the entire season, it's way beyond luck. Perhaps you long for Todd "Rollercoaster" Jones or you're pining for Fernando 'heaven help us" Rodney.
The 1968 Tigers, like the 1984 version, only had one hitter who hit over .300 and that was a part-time player, Gates Brown, one of the greatest pinch hitters ever. The 68 team did win the pennant by 12 games and did so mainly on the strength of its starting pitching, bench strenth and clutch hitting which led to numerous come from behind victories. Both Kaline and Cash missed a number of games with injuries.
The 1984 team, which had only Alan Trammel above the .300 mark, was buoyed greatly by its incredible bullpen which rarely gave up a lead. Willie Hernandez was mind-numbing that year, 9-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 32 saves. He might have blown one save that season. Likewise Aurelio Lopez (there's that "Z" again) complimented on the right side, going 10-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 14 saves. Take away the two Z's and that team probably doesn't even make the playoffs.

Times change and teams who are open and adapt to these changes remain successful. When we were children,
 we didn't have video games and cable tv and you could find both a baseball game and a field on just about every corner. Just about every kid grew up playing and loving baseball. Now many of those sandlots have been replaced by football fields, basketball courts and ice skating rinks. The pool of kids playing baseball almost exclusively, while still great, is far less. But baseball has taken a strong hold in the Domincan Republic. Many see it as their one way out of poverty and hone their skills religiously. To ignore their talent base would be idiotic.

The only reason I would personally care if Cespedes made it big or not is if he was doing it in a Tigers' uniform. And if he is I will support him wholeheartedly. I love the TEAM. I love the english "D" and I root for anyone who wears it, including players I don't particularly like, like Ryan Raburn.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:49 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Enjot Miami. This guy is a joke. .143 in the Dominican League? Yeah, he is a major leaguer.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:48 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Hop into a time machine and save us your ancient adoration. Sure those players were good, but modern athletes surpass the ancient ones by far. As man develops, bigger, stronger, faster, so do players.  Not to mention the evolution of the game, more pitches, more velocity, more speed( that one is debatable), but the point is made. How can you call Cabrera selfish when he just voluntarily switched positions for the good of the team!  And how dare you judge him or anyone for that matter. Let your mama post about your childhood, or your wife about the present, I'm sure there are plenty of things you wouldn't want others to know about, as do we all (humans). I suggest you go buy a punching bag and let out all of your frustrations  cuz we don't wanna hear it!

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:33 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

HA HA HA with all the warning signs of past Cuban players some idiot tem will follow through with his demands of 50-60M idiots ... this guy is build like Elton Brand short and stoky good luck running down balls in CF for Miami

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:12 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Horrible depiction of how good this team is going to be and your description of these players couldn't be more wrong. You know nothing about these players and to call Magglio "broken down" is nuts. He put up very good numbers early and the back end of the deal the Tigers could have paid dearly but were able to opt out. I was against them signing him to a one year 10 million deal but its not my money and Illitch paid him out of loyalty. This team has holes all over the place but to call Cabrera a disgrace and selfish if far off the mark. Josh Hamilton just broke his 3 year sobriety and by doing so, cost himself millions. Theses guys are not perfect and they do struggle with addictions just like many others in this world. However, for most Americans, their life is not played out for all to see.

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:06 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

 I think he's pulling Chicago's strings. They can see him being very comfortable in Miami and will have to shell out a ton for him to get him away from the Marlins.

 If he's going for the money, I think the Cubs is where he'll land.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:54 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Harper's 19 and, by all accounts, is ready for the big leagues.  Cespedes is 26 and people are talking like he needs at least 1 year in the minors.  Apples and oranges, son.

Ryan Howard was in the minors until age 26, then won a RoY, MVP and a World Series.  Cespedes needs a year in the minors for cultural reasons more than anything.  If he had been in the minors in this country since he was 18, I am sure he may have been in the majors by now.

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