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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: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:50 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

I dont understand how this guy is going to make all this money? I mean how can any foriegner with no major league experience be paid based on performances against much weaker players from other countries? It doesn't make any sense to me.

This guy along with every Japanese player should audition for a team. No contract. If they work their way to the major league roster or make opening day then based on their perfomance thats how they get paid. Then they can become a free agent and take it from there.

The end result is most likely this guy will be a huge bust and waste of money. He is better off to be forgotten and stick to fielding coconuts with a carto of milk in Guantanamo Bay.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:49 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

star-child-44 thats the dumbest post ever if you call yourself a tiger fan........sign some americans? wheres cabrera from? victor martinez? magglio? ramon santiago? valverde? benoit? peralta? ........but i bet you loved all them players even though they werent born american. 

idiots like you are giving tiger fans a bad prolly just started liking the tigers since they got good. otherwise you would remember the tigers and their strong base of UNamerican players.  

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:41 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

He should be made to learn English before he plays in the Major Leagues.  He might as well stay in Little Havana and enjoy the sunshine because the colder climate of Michigan might be too harsh for the candy-assed foreigner.  I hope the Tigers sign some Americans instead of this over-hyped Cuban.  Oh yeah, learn some English Cespedes.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:38 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

LOL i liked Felix Pie the kid was awesome for the Cubs in the minors. Cepedes will be over-paid and well not worth the hype

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:54 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

I have a feeling he will be a lot like Felix Pie! Overhyped and not enough substance.

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:42 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Hook: that's what one of the local stations here in SFla was reporting as well. As much as I would like to see him in a Marlin's uni, I don't see it happening.  I also agree with some of the other comments that his talent may not be at the level of MLB pitching right now.  I have also heard people say he is still very "raw," so it will be interesting to see what transpires. 

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:41 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

everyone sign up for fantasy baseball here on cbs!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:40 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

i bet he says that to all the teams.
I would think that he want to play for Marlins for an couple of reasons, but it never smart to scare teams off.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:36 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

The Miami Marlins will have to change their name to the Miami Defectors.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:23 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Bonifcacio will be starting CF for the Marlins now that Ramirez/Reyes make up left side of the infield. You want to pay 35-60 million more for some extra "power"? Especially power that hasn't been proven at the MLB level? NOT worth the money. Additionally, HUGE difference between the pitching Cedpedes has seen so far and the pithing he will see once he makes it to the show... you're paying based on expectations. Most of these "expectations" aren't ever worth the investment. If Marlins sole objective is to fill their stadium then, by all means, go for it...

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