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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: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:51 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Star-Child, For every Carlos Zambrano, there is a Milton Bradley.  For every Jouquin Andujar, there is a Ken Caminiti.  It is not about race or ethnicity, it is about the fact that jerks come in every color, every race, every nationality.  Len Dykstra was white, American, and a grade A jerk.  Now he is a felon.  You can't make generalizations like that.  Rod Carew, my favorite hitter, was an absolute gentlemen.  He was also born in Panama.  Pedro Martinez never made any problems.  Andres Gallaraga.  Fernando Valenzuela.  Manny Trillo.  I will give you Sammy Sosa, but up you one Mark McGuire.  I am sorry, but you are a bigot and an idiot. 

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:47 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

He is another questionable signing at the end of the day.  If you were an MLB GM this is a guy which you want to possibly aqcuire in his FA year.  At the moment he is a rip-off signing which many an MLB GM is apparently to dumb to realize.  He better be forced into playing at the MLB level in his first season, it is a rip-off at that price otherwise.   Total rip-off.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:45 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

One of the best things about these comment boards is that it allows ignorance to be seen as ignorance.  To debate whether or not the level of play in Cuba is enough to judge someone's potential in the Major Leagues is fine, but to turn it into a racist rant against all people from other countries is just plain foolish.  I love that Star-Child feels comfortable enough to show the world his bigotry.  Now, if only he felt comfortable enough to put his name on his posts then we could really see how brave, proud and moronic he is.  Freedom of Speech works when people pay the costs of their speech.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:37 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

cleaves2000 - first of all, bite me!  Cabrera should've been deported after his second disgraceful act of drunkeness (the first of which helped cause the Tigers to miss the playoffs in 2010).  Is Cabrera a good player?  Hell yes - he is the best hitter in the American League.  But his selfishness should not have been tolerated by Tiger loyalists! 

Victor is a broken-down wreck; Magglio was never what he was in Chicago; Valverde is a joke - more lucky than good; santiago shouldn't even be mentioned as a good player; benoit - peralta; can't compare to the past Tigers who proudly wore the English D and played for the love of the game.

I go back to the glory days of 68 when Kaline, Lolich, McLain, Horton, Freehan and crew dominated the American League.  Those names don't end in the letter 'Z'.  Were you even around during the '68 season? 

Give me the 84 team of Morris, Parrish, Whitaker, Trammell, Gibson and crew...the only problems that team had was with the foreigners (Berenguer was never happy and Willie "call me Guillermo" Hernandez was a one-hit wonder).  Were you around in 1984 cleavage?

Foreign-born players think it's their RIGHT to play baseball in America.  How many of these non-Americans are always getting into hot water - causing problems with their teams? 

Idiot?  Look in the mirror! 

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:32 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

As a huge fan and resident of detroit i do somewhat agree, although statistically speeking it does/did take players longer to "warm up" in terms of their offensive production due to the fact that they are used to the warmth. With that being said, we have one of the most Latin Americans rostered on the tigers to date and have performed quite well, so to say we dont or wouldnt want him is really just one person i would love to see him in the old english D.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:28 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Some team is going to overpay for this guy. MLB is a huge step above what he is used to playing. He will need a year in the minors and even then may not be the player many are hoping he is. Its not that i think he is a bad player - he may end up being pretty good. But his development is mostly over so what you see is what you are going to get.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:21 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Here is some english I hope you can understand.
You are a complete Idiot. I will say it again so you understand...You ( Star_Child_44 ) are a complete Idiot.
You do not speak for all Detroiters nor are you a real Tigers fan. We support our teams and our players where ever they were born.
So why don't you crawl back into the cave where you were born and stay there.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:21 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.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:12 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

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.'

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:59 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'


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