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Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:10 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Miami Marlins have already committed to spending $191 million through three free agent signings this winter -- Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle -- and they may not be done, if they have their choice. Marlins president David Samson said on local radio Thursday that the club will make a very strong push for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes (via Sun-Sentinel.com):
“Aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there,” said Samson, characterizing the club’s planned pursuit. “We think he’s a perfect fit for us, but it has to be sane. [We've] expressing interest, going to visit, making it very clear to his representatives and to him and his family that we think he should not be anywhere other than Miami. As a Cuban and someone in the DR, it makes perfect sense. We have a perfect position for him to play. It would be great.

“I think that we’re right in there. There are a lot of teams who want him and we’re definitely competitive and we’re not fooling around. We expect he will be a significant sign and receive a significant signing bonus and contract, and we’re prepared for that. Again, if you’re dealing with another team who needs to make a bigger splash or wants to get irrational, we’re not going to match that.”
Cespedes, 26, is an outfielder that many scouts have said could possibly have a Bo Jackson-type power-speed combination. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Cespedes hit .333/.424/.667 with 33 homers, 99 RBI, 11 steals and 89 runs in 90 games last season in Cuba. Obviously, since he's been playing in Cuba, not a ton is known about Cespedes, but he's going to start playing in a Dominican winter league -- starting Thursday, according to ESPN Deportes.

He's not a free agent yet, but will be once his residence is officially changed to the Dominican Republic -- which should come very soon.

Lots of teams are said to be interested in signing Cespedes, so the Marlins aren't alone. As far as I can tell, the following teams have also been reported to have at least some interest: Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, A's, Indians, Red Sox and Yankees.

If interested, here is a video Cespedes' agents have put together to showcase his skills.



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Comments

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:33 am
 

Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

Emilio Bonafacio is a bench player. If you watch the Marlins like I do, you saw that when he was a regular starter due to injuries he started of fast then tailed off and, eventually nose-dived into a slump. Certain players are made for spot duty and that's Bonifacio. The great thing about Bonifacio is that he can fill in at many positions like 3rd base, short-stop and the outfield. He's an important part of the squad.

That said, Cespedes will be the starting center fielder in Miami. He's never played an 160 game season, but he's in terrific shape and he's still very young. It would be nice to have someone with all the tools to play in the ballpark.

Chris Coghlan had his troubles playing center. He's more of a left field position player. Logan Morrison will play the other outfielder. With Cespedes, the Marlins are going to be an extremely potent and athletic lineup.

I hope they ink Cepedes soon so he can begin his Marlin career and make a lot of fans ecstatic.



Since: Jan 13, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

cant rely on Emilio. he a had a very good year besides lots of k's, but ill take giving cespedes a chance any day over emilio or coghlan



Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

CF is his primary position.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

They want him in Centerfield. Odd man out is Emilio Bonifacio ... unless the Marlins have a hidden agenda of trading Infante or Hanley?



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Marlins to go hard after Yoenis Cespedes

Hope he can play CF because the Marlins have corner OFs.  Maybe they trade Gaby Sanchez and move Lo Mo to 1st.


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