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Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:19 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Marlins continue to be big movers and shakers in baseball's hot stove, attending a private workout for Cuban star Yoennis Cespedes and making plans for Albert Pujols (pictured) to come to Miami sometime in the next few days.

But with newfound money and a desire to spend it, also comes controversy. Hanley Ramirez addressed rumors that the Marlins were after Jose Reyes, telling the Palm Beach Post that "“I’m a shortstop."

The Marlins' visit to visit Cespedes was to decide if the 26-year-old was ready for the majors. Among the positions Florida -- which will officially change its name to Miami on Friday -- is thought to be seeking an upgrade in is center field. That's the position Cespedes plays, although many feel as if he will need seasoning in the minors. Cespedes was a star in Cuba, but the talent of that league is of the Class A variety.

“We had our top baseball people there,” Samson told the Palm Beach Post. “They were certainly impressed with his ability, He’s got to tools. He’s certainly an impressive player.”

The Marlins will have to contend with the Yankees, among other teams, for Cespedes' services.'s Danny Knobler earlier today reported he could beat Aroldis Chapman's deal, which was for six years and $30.5 million. The Marlins are poised to be a big player in free agency, but can they withstand the Yankees' advances?

“We think we’re a great fit because we are Miami. We are a natural destination for any Latin player,” Samson said. “I think that he agrees but we have to see if we can make a deal that makes sense for both parties.”

Meanwhile, Samson, along with baseball operationss president Larry Beinfest and general manager Mike Hill, who all attended Cespedes' workout, now turn their eyes to Albert Pujols. reports that Pujols is slated to meet with the Marlins as early as Saturday. It still seems like a long shot for Pujols to sign, but without a clear suitor for Pujols, anything is possible. The team has already hosted Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes.

Hanley Ramirez is one guy feeling a little slighted by the Marlins' pursuit of Reyes, as it could knock him out of the shortstop role. However, he also praised Florida for trying to acquire Reyes.

"I think it would be a good move for the Marlins because they want to improve our offense and he’s a pretty good player and this organization needs him," he told the Post. "But otherwise, what can I say. I cannot control that. What I can control is to just get ready for the season and opening day. We have to build a winning team.”

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Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:25 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

dont get too excited Marlins fans it is nice to see them even entertain the thought .

trust me marlins fans aren't... We don't ever expect anything, just hope for the best with what we got. i think cards fans are more worry that pujols is out there shopping around. Any ways i rather have cespedas, this guy is the real deal. any team that gets him will have a steal. Miami will be a good place for him cause he will feel at home in miami. miami is pretty much little havanna. 

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:01 pm

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

Pujols Father and Brother play fast pitch softball in Miami . dont get too excited Marlins fans it is nice to see them even entertain the thought . I will be there opening day of the new stadium WS CHAMPS STL CARDINALS @ Marlins @ the New marlins park 

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:15 pm

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:27 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

While many of you posters nationally see Beinfest and Samson running big names through the media, us locals realize it's nothing more than a dog and pony show.  Granted, Marlins management is doing their due diligence by dropping a carrot (Buehrle), a pork chop (Reyes) and N.Y. strips (Pujols and Fielder) but in the end, and I'm predicting it now, they'll say "We were unable to work deals due to amounts of money, length of contract, or we couldn't give up Hanley or JJ without more in return".  Or other such drib-drab with better adjectives and excuses.  Samson loves talking revenues and movies and makes himself available to the public, but nothing is getting done on the field.  After the new stadium mania wears off and before the usual 6,000 are in attendance, he'd better have Plan B. 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:02 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

When He does leave ,I would like to see  him  go to the Marlins.
I think that would be great.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:57 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

The Marlins are such an interesting franchise. They own two fairly recent WS titles, and can easily make a splash for a 3rd in the very near future. Pujols may be a stretch, but Fielder seems more of a likely character to end up in south Florida. There is no reason to bring in Reyes and displace Hanley. That would be terrible for chemistry on the field, especially when there are other expensive and worthy FA's on the market. You certainly don't need to sell Miami to any player, south Florida one of the best places anywhere in the world. With the right moves, the Marlins will be playoff bound until they disband again soon after that.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:22 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

I have been saying this the whole past month. If the Marlins sign Jose Reyes they will probably trade Hanley Ramirez, because it makes no sense to move him to 3B right now. As a short stop Hanley even in a bad season is among the best, but if he goes to third he has to compete with Matt Dominguez who is a far superior defensive player over Hanley and can match his power numbers right now if Hanley comes in playing like he did the last year and a half.

Reyes has a history of having injuries. Yeah so what. Hanley has a history of quitting on his team and asking for multiple days off. The only difference between Hanley and Reyes in the missing games department is one actually gets hurt while the other quits on the team. Get this bum out of South Florida already. He aint no short stop, he is another Milton Bradley in the making.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:01 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

I'm sure they will sign a few free agents, win a few games and be irrelevant by the All Star game in front of 1800 screaming fans.  This team needed a new stadium like the rest of us need a hump on our backs.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:34 am

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

If any team knows how to buy a championship and then sell quickly afterwards, it is the Marlins.  I could see them scoring Pujols and Cespedes.  Maybe throw in a couple pitchers (they might be dumb enough to buy Zambrano from the Cubs) and they all of a sudden look like a real team again.  And I say buy because I doubt there will be much of a trade for players, just buying the Cubs off the hook for his nutter.


Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:30 pm

Marlins see Cespedes, set to host Pujols

Samson who?  AP Stylebook, do you need it?  Nice grammar.

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