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Marlins not interested in Cuban free agents Dariel Alvarez and Aledmys Diaz

Dec 29, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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The Marlins aggressively pursued Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes last offseason before he landed a four-year, $36 million deal from the Athletics, but the club has taken a decidedly different approach this winter, shedding big names while putting a focus on stockpiling prospects and fielding a team on the cheap. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Joe Frisaro of MLB.com hears that the Marlins have “zero interest” in Cuban free agents Dariel Alvarez and Aledmys Diaz.

Alvarez, a 24-year-old outfielder, and Diaz, a 22-year-old shortstop, were both declared free agents earlier this month and are slated to work out for MLB scouts on January 5. Here’s a snippet from a profile by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez:

Known for his ability to hit for power and average, Diaz is considered an average runner with an above-average arm. He is closer to Major League-ready of the two prospects.

Alvarez, a right-handed hitter who played for Camaguey in Serie Nacional, defected from Cuba last summer and has been playing professionally in Vera Cruz, Mexico, since October. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Alvarez can play all three outfield positions and has impressed Major League scouts with his above-average arm during league-play in Mexico.

According to the new collective bargaining agreement, Cuban players who are at least 23 years old and have played at least three seasons in a Cuban professional league are not subject to the international spending cap. Diaz turns 23 on January 8 and isn’t expected to sign before then, so teams will be free to pursue either player as they would any other free agent.

  1. chill1184 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    “shedding big names while putting a focus on stockpiling prospects”

    I laugh every time I read this

    • Old Gator - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      I used to, but you know how it is – once you’ve heard the same joke so many times, it kinda loses its edge.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      the marlins are not interested in winning……………..

  2. jcmeyer10 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    The Rays have been competitive by, “shedding big names while putting a focus on stockpiling prospects and fielding a team on the cheap” by trading players high or signing them early.

    We can’t demonize the Marlins for trying this but it would have been smarter to never have spent the money.

    • dangernearing - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Wow, its not the same thing and you know it. Dont be a boob.

      • dondada10 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Boobs. Yum.

    • Old Gator - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      We not only can demonize the Feesh, but we do. Haven’t you ever noticed the family resemblance between Pazuzu and Scrooge McLoria? I’ve actually seen him spin his head around 360 degrees while stopping on each radial to tell a completely different lie.

  3. tomtravis76 - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    The Metro mover does not go to the stadium, TriRail does not go to the stadium. Miami is a
    ‘party” city, nobody is getting on the bus. Unless you have a public train that drops you off at the stadium, nobody is going. Driving there is awful in Miami.

    Would you rather, fish, go to the beach, take a day trip to the Keys, go bar hopping in Lauderdale, people watch on Ocean, hit up the Hard Rock, the ponies might be running somehwere or watch the Marlins play with their Triple A team in Little Havana? Going to a Marlins game is a pain in the butt. There is too much other stuff to do. Going to Dolphin stadium was okay to watch games, because of the tailgating aspect and easy access to major highways north,south, east and west.

  4. iamjimmyjack - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Bring him to the dodgers. He can take over for Hanley and move Ramirez back to 3b where he isn’t such a defensive liability. By the time Hanleys contract is up, seager will be ready for third. Him and puig can push each other in the minors and become known as the “Cuban crushers”. That makes dee Gordon expendable or he can move to 2b as a platoon player.

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