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Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:55 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 5:02 pm
Yoenis Cespedes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The starting point, it appears, for Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes is $40 million.

A report on Cafe Fuerte, a Spanish-language blog based in South Florida, quotes a source as saying the Marlins offered Cespedes a six-year, $40 million contract. It also said he has no immediate plans to meet any other teams. However, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweeted that he's heard the Marlins' offer was less than the $40 million reported by Cafe Fuerte.

Cespedes visited Miami earlier this week and then returned to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. During his visit, Cespedes told reporters he'd like to play for the Marlins.

The 26-year-old outfielder has drawn the interest of not only the Marlins, but also the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Orioles and Indians.

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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:56 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

   I agree DSMITH, way to much money for way to many years. I just hope the Tigers don't try to top it. This is overkill for an unproven player that is beginning to sound like he just might be a minor leaguer his entire career. To top it off, is he really 26 or closer to 36??? Does anyone know his age for sure? As far as I'm concerned, the Marlins can have him. Good luck to the Marlins, they may need it.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:48 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

I'm sure the offer is legit...the Marlins will sign him, hope he plays well and trade him away in 2 years when they realize that even with the new stadium no one in Miami gives a crap.  The only reason the Marlins didn't land Pujol's was they don't do contracts without no trade clauses.  Remember, their offer to Pujols was for a lot more than the one he got from the Angels.  Maybe another opposing pitcher will throw a perfect game against them this year and they can once again offer to sell tickets from a perfect game after the fact.  Remember that?  I know ownership is willing, unfortunately they just won't draw fans in Miami.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:33 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

I don't find the Marlins offer surprising or over the top at all, at least not for MLB standards.  The Rangers invested over 100 million dollars for a pitcher that has rarely if ever faced a major league talent in his short career, so why is this so different or odd?  People can tell me until their purple in the face that Darvish is a can't miss talent, bla bla bla  but we all know there is no way of knowing how any prospect is going to perform in the big leagues.  And this guy isn't costing anybody 100 million, it'll be much closer to 40 then 100. 

MLB doesn't have a hard cap, it barely even has a soft cap.  There are no team cap rules except a luxury tax that gets paid after a teams exceeds a certain number.  Teams always overspend in MLB, i'm not surprised at the Marlins offer one bit. 

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:32 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

Chances are he is going to be a 40 million dollar Bust if this is accurate.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:32 pm
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Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:17 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

Why would you sign a guy who has never played in the majors to a six year contract? I would rather give him more money over a shorter period than be on the hook for six years. The Blue Jays signed a supposed "can't miss" Cuban SS a few years ago to a four year contract, with everyone assuming he would be starting in a few years. He is now something like #16 on their prospect list and probably isn't good enough to play full-time in the majors. Let someone like the Orioles sign this guy. Don't really see how the Marlins need him anyhow. 

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:06 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

Not based on anything I have seen but I have a hard time believing the hype on this guy.  Does nothing in winter ball, is 26 already and still needs time in the minors (supposed scouts say).  The deal would be a good one length wise if they do believe in him!  It would sign him for all of his peak years and no more.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:00 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

 Said   The Marlins are probably hoping he's better than the last big name Cuban hitter they signed back in their expansion year (Orestes Destrade)

If you look at Destrade one season of 20 homers a lot of strike outs and a 250 batting average is exactly what most scouts are predicting for him. I would think at 7 million dollars a year they would be happy with that.  The only hope is that unlike Destrade he does it for more than one year.   


Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:47 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

He is the next BJ Upton.  He can run, he can steal, and when he can hit the ball, he hits for power.  Of course, that won't be all that often.

It's really gonna suck for Marlins fans when their new stadium is empty at the end of the year when Reyes gets hurt again, Buehrle gets even older, and Cespedes hits .200.   Empty like the new stadium the Nats play in.  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:43 pm

Report: Marlins offer Cespedes $40 million

Bulls**t! If the Marlins are that really that stupid, they are morons. The guy hit .143 vs AA quality pitching in the Dominican League. In Cuba, any decent pitcher has already made their way to the U.S. This guy is at the very best the next Darnell McDonald and at worst he is Elijah Dukes.

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