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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
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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 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

I think the Cardinals should look at him. They can put him in center and beltran in right. And try craig at secondbase.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Cespedes will be a solid MLB contributor, and there is some prior data to prove such.   Kendry Morales is the last highly touted Cuban defector to come over and after a fairly short learning curve, that guy proved to be an absolute beast at the MLB level as a potential perennial MVP type hitter in the middle of LAA's lineup.   Clearly that freak injury celebrating a home run has derailed the last two years, but if his ankle and foot ever do get back behind his swing, I'd assume he'll be back to putting up monster numbers - further extended this year with the addition of Pujols in that lineup.

When they talk about Cespedes, they mention Kendry Morales, but only as a jumping-off point, saying that his power potential is as high or higher while his contact skills are much better.   Plate discipline was a push, if I recall correctly.   The biggest divergence however, defensively, there is no comparisson.   Kendry is a slow-footed mid-level defender, which Cespedes projects out to play defense like the elite of the elite.   Arm strength and defensive range are not factors that have a lot of variance from overseas to state side...

Much like the basketball comment I saw - a jump shot is a jump shot, no matter where you play...  Well, an outfield grass is an outfield grass, and a ball is still a ball.    This guy will be a legitimate talent.   Nobody is throwing away money.   My prediction, he could be as impactful as Ichiro on the right team, by the end of year 1.   Obviously Ichiro was impactful on Day 1, but that is a once-in-a-generation talent.



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:33 am
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Your comment just couldn't be more wrong. Japan won the 2006 WBC and Cuba finished second. All players on the USA roster were active MLB players, in fact, most were the elite players at that time. The USA players showed a complete lack of heart in this competition. Here is the 2006 USA roster:
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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:11 pm
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Hey Star CHILD .... grow up !!! Go back do a little research, I am pretty sure that the players drafted or traded for do not get a guaranteed spot because they are "foreign" players. They have to compete for a roster spot and last time I looked, there was not rules or restrictions about who could or could not play. That all changed with Jackie Robinson. So drop your racist attitude. If you think you can do better, grab a bat and a glove and give it your best. Until then shut your pie hole...Come back for an intellegent conversation when you sober up....



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

The Internation rules are in place and they are what they are. When the Marlins signed Miguel Cabrera as a kid, didn't they get their money worth?? Deals don't work out Internationally, drafting and in free agency. However, it always seems more people groan when its a foreign player who hasn't seen US competition. Rubio is the most high profile recently. He is still taking crap as he is PROVING the haters wrong. People will hate. Time will tell. His deal will be no more ludicrous than any other MLB contract.
Rubio???? are you yalking about ricky rubio??? basketball??? shooting a ball into a hoop and passing the ball to players??? dont get me wrong i love basketball. but its a much easier sport to play then baseball. and you must not be too familiar with international basketball. spain is getting more and more talent every year. they also usually always give the americans a run for their money. and actually play against REAL NBA PLAYERS when playing internationally. also the spanish league is a great league. you cant compare baseball and basketball. did you ever notice that basketball players who get drafted number one overall make more then baseball players who get drafted number one(excluding maybe strasburg)? you know why??? because basketball players drafted first overall or top 5 or even first round are suppose to be impact players right away. basket has 2 rounds in their draft while baseball has something like 70??? maybe more??? get it now??? these imports that come from other leagues and dont spend time in the minors fail 99 time out of 100 and its cause the competition is nothing compared to the pitchers in the MLB these days. everyone throws 92-95 with sliders and cutters and changeups. and all different kind of pitches. TOTALLY DIFFERENT.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

So what he signs a contract with a team plays minor league ball for part of a season the makes his debut in August.



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Comparing a draft bonuses plus their 2 huge contracts for a pitcher who wouldn't require years in the minors and with Harper, paying a 18 year old who won't be serviceable for two years who is switching positions and that's a best case scenario when he'd still only be 20.

Cespedes, while older, provides you with a commodity in which you know of his ceiling and therefore market value. The guy has seen top talent. He isn't a seasoned MLB veteran but the Cuban League isn't your church softball league either. If teams are willing to pay him $12 million for a solid 5-tool player who has less bust potential but a better celiling than a MLB Free Agent who would in reality cost more than good for them.

The Internation rules are in place and they are what they are. When the Marlins signed Miguel Cabrera as a kid, didn't they get their money worth?? Deals don't work out Internationally, drafting and in free agency. However, it always seems more people groan when its a foreign player who hasn't seen US competition. Rubio is the most high profile recently. He is still taking crap as he is PROVING the haters wrong. People will hate. Time will tell. His deal will be no more ludicrous than any other MLB contract.




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

@Star child your a moron.  Look some things up before writing your jiberish First off Valverde is a good close luck has nothing to do with him.  A 2.24 ERA and 49 saves in 49 opps whats lucky about that?  Mags had his best seasons with the Tigers including  a 139 RBI 363 avg and 28 homers guess thats not as good as you want though.  Victor is broken down now so you cant argue that because Victor is good and your saying that Miggy should have been deported your just trying to look like something because he hasn't and wont.  Gaurantee if he had been the Tigers would be nothing and you would be a whiny little bitch.  ANd your foreign players comment is way out of line get a life you bum.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:08 pm
 

Cespedes: 'Hopefully I can play for the Marlins'

Japan won the world baseball classic in 2009, not an all-star team of American MLB players. Baseball is an international sport, stop acting like players that exist outside of the MLB are inferior.


This is also another stupid comment because the world baseball classic isnt like all these international teams playing against a team of MLB all stars or something. not many MLB players play in the classic and if their are MLB players they are either A.) younger guys trying to just get some extra action. or B.) older guys trying to get back in the MLB and  wanna show off what they have left, for example pedro martinez before he came to the phillies for his last year. there isnt many stars, if any, playing the world baseball classic. for that matter there isnt many players in the classic that you would even know at all....unless its your country that you follow of course and know all the up and coming stars from there. otherwise its players trying to make a name for themselves......


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