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The Marlins may make an offer to Yoenis Cespedes today

Feb 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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The Miami Marlins’ desire to land Yoenis Cespedes is no secret. They’ve been talking about it forever. They have been way out front in saying how much they want to push hard to market the team to the Latino community.  And to that end, Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins may very well make an offer to Cespedes today.

I find this interesting when contrasted with this report from Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com about the Baltimore Orioles’ interest:

The Orioles are still trying to determine their level of interest in Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The next step is for Fred Ferreira, their executive director of international recruiting, to take another look at him.

Ferreira will head to the Dominican Republic in about 10 days to watch Cespedes work out.

I suppose it’s possible that Cespedes will hem and haw for another two more weeks. But really, if the Marlins are making an offer today, what are the odds that the O’s will have to seriously “assess their interest?”  He could easily be doing early workouts at the Marlins’ training facility by then.

 

  1. tomtravis76 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Don’t waste his potential in Baltimore under the Angelos reign. Angelos needs to be forced out of ownershhip

    The Marlins seem like the logical fit, but he might get caught up in all the political crap the Cubans have going on in South Florida, the kid just wants to play ball,not be tied into the USA vs Cuba.

    A nice fit might be the Nationals, a team that is slowly building towards something that could be special in the nations capital with a huge hispanic population, and a good baseball manager in Davey Johnson. DC is still major market, that can draw fans who might just want to check him out from other cities. He can develop on a young team and not be expected to win right away.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      You’re absolutely correct. All those right-wing exile sauropods will trundle out in force seeking to draft Cespedes to the “cause” – though if he flops in the show they’ll back away from him in a huge hurry. You should be aware, though, that Obama took almost forty percent of the Cuban vote here in Macondo, which indicates how much of the first and second American-born generation of Cuban-Americans have shrugged off their forebears’ affinity for failed policies and obsession with running foreign affairs by spite alone.

  2. redbirdsin7 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    where are the nats in this one? they seem to have shown they are ready to compete NOW and center field (where YC is projected to play) is the only glaring hole in the lineup. even if the power doesnt translate in american ball, the speed and defense will work anywhere

  3. yettyskills - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    What’s his girlfriend look like?

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