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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: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:09 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

I kinda do believe him ... For 1 they could give hime the crazy cash he is looking for and for 2 no one to play CF for Marlins ... this guy will be another Cuban bum just like all of the Japaniese imports all BUMSSSSSS

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:54 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

i bet he says that to all the teams...

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:42 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

anything more than a penny is too much for this overrated loser... now he wants to name teams he thinks he should play for, im glad that he doesnt want to play for the marlins because he know he is too overrated to handle the hype... anything more than a penny is too much for this dumb cuban who like all of them gains one bit of power or success and feels entitled... he is already 26 years old towards the last half of his career... i really hope the marlins dont pick him up because it would be a waste of money.

The marlins have made great moves left and right this entire off-season - this one would ruin it all big time

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:39 pm

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

He is signing with Detroit.  MLB sources say Al Avila, the team's assistant GM, has been scouting this kid for years and the two are very close.  Even with the Fielder signing, Mr. Ilitch is ready and set to pony up for Cespedes.

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