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UPDATE: Marlins offered Yoenis Cespedes less than $40 million

Feb 11, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than the $40 million sum being reported by Reynoso.

3:15 PM: Marlins’ president David Samson told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com on Tuesday night that the club was considering making an offer to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during their meeting in Miami this week and apparently that’s exactly what happened.

Eric Reynoso of Cafe Fuerte (link in Spanish) was told by a source “close to the negotiations” that the Marlins have offered Cespedes a six-year deal worth $40 million. This contract would surpass the $30.25 million deal Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds in January of 2010.

Cespedes, 26, only met with the Marlins before returning to the Dominican Republic on Thursday night and Reynoso was told that he has no immediate plans to meet with other major league clubs. The Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles are among some of the other teams who have expressed strong interest. Cespedes is allowed to negotiate with MLB teams, but he can’t officially sign a contract until he is unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

(Hat-tip to MLB Trade Rumors for the link)

  1. uscfan1988 - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    This would be a good signing for the Marlins. However they should put him in the minors and work him up to the majors because I personally am a bit skeptical he will step right in and hit major league pitching. A good talent from what I seen but needs time to develop into a major league hitter.

    • phillyphreak - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      I think that’s definitely the plan, at least I would hope so for any team that signs him. Let him see better pitching and adjust to things he may not have seen before.

    • HitsDingers - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      I heard David Samson on The Lebatard Show say pretty much that they’d have to see him in ST before even thinking about where to start him.

  2. jason1214 - Feb 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Less than $40 million huh Marlins. You’re not going to get your man. I’ll guess he goes to Cubs for minimum of $45-60 million. Problem with that is, you either have to dump Soriano, or go with a Soriano/DeJesus/Cespedes starting OF.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    This is a colossal waste of money for a totally unproven talent.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      Damn man, give him a chance…

      but yeah, definitely a lot of risk.

  4. detroitcityryda - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Tigers are still gonna whoop them and this Tony Montana wanna be . Get ready bichezz

  5. nvaliant - Feb 12, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Jason1214 hit the nail on the head. With Theo Epstein assuming the position of Head Honcho with the cubs, instituting an insistence on fiscal responsibility, the Cubs are in prime position to shell out 45-60 mill for this unproven commodity

    • paperlions - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Shelling out $45M plus to a guy that is at least 26, that is not even the best player in Cuba, and has never faced talent above A-level ball…is NOT fiscal responsibility.

      • koreanfandeath - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        It’s definitely a gamble to spend that much on an unproven player. But, you have to look what clubs are gambling on. His defense and arm and speed should translate well. They are gambling on the average power combo for 6-8 million a year. When you look at overall MLB outfielder pay you will see a worse players for a lot more.

      • paperlions - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        True…the problem is that he has never faced pitching that even approaches ML quality. The minors are littered with guys that play great defense and can’t hit a breaking pitch or command the strike zone against high quality pitchers.

  6. thegonz13 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Knowing Loria, he will get the city of Miami to pay for that contract

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Naahhh – the voters already booted one mayor and one county commissioner out on their well padded derrieres over that stadium. Loria is a pariah to any elected official who likes their perks these days.

  7. thejotapee - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Yoennsi just wrote on his twitter “@Yoenis_Cespedes: I think Miami could be best place for me in life…..”

    Sounds like he’s already made his decision. Go Marlins!!!!

  8. jason1214 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I was being sarcastic, I HOPE the Cubs dont shell out that much $$$….and alas they’ve already moved onto Soler.

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