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The Marlins were a contender for Robinson Cano? Really?

Nov 12, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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Silly season is upon us when it is asserted that, until very recently, the Marlins were legitimate contenders to sign Robinson Cano. But that’s what Joel Sherman says:

Surprisingly, one club that comes up from time to time is the Marlins. The theory: They are further along than you think because of their accumulation of young talent and no owner has proven more impetuous – in spending and selling off – than Miami’s Jeffrey Loria.

But it’s not happening now. It was, Sherman suggests, a decision that was just recently made out of practicality or some such.

I’d be really curious to hear what Robinson Cano’s agents would say — in private anyway — about the notion of him signing with the Marlins. Methinks that, based on that, Marlins sources could say anything they want about how seriously they were considering making a run at Cano and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

Remember kids: free agent deals take two sides. The team and the player. If you hear from just one side about how serious they are and the signing makes absolutely no sense for the other side, you’re likely reading a p.r. piece, not a real report of anything serious.

  1. pisano - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Yeah, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn that’s for sale.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      LOL! It must have been true as I saw it on the internet!

      • tk41 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Might not be as crazy as you think – this team has no qualms about spending a fortune in Free Agency (as they did 2 years ago). They also could use some good PR & ticket sales after last year’s debacle…. the issue becomes how much $$ does it take for Cano to go from the Yankees to, well, the absolutely antithesis of the Yankees.

  2. jdvalk - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Tis the season to leak anything and everything you want through the Shermans of the world…

  3. largebill - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    For all their salary purging and what not, the Marlins having interest in big time free agents comes up repeatedly. If I remember correctly, Marlins “interest” was part of the Pujols story before the Angels signed him out of the blue.

    • dwrek5 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      They were close, but neither side would budge on the no trade clause. Rumor has it…

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Hey, if Miami is throwing around large enough numbers, Cano would be a fool not to at least listen. And there’s nothing stopping him from trying to use any offer as leverage with any team he may be more serious in negotiating with. And, if Cano ONLY cares about top dollar (I’m not saying that’s true just a possiblity), he may not care who he signs with, even if it means he gets traded in a year.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      And there’s nothing stopping him from trying to use any offer as leverage with any team he may be more serious in negotiating with

      Except that if he mentions the offer comes from the Marlins he’ll immediately lose that leverage.

  5. drewzducks - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Someone better get Old Gator some smelling salts.

    • Old Gator - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Tht’s okay. I have some dirty socks in the hamper.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Well, they DID free up a ton of cash last off-season…Cano could be their next cash-freeing project.

  7. dlhouse18 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Marlins sign him and trade him to the Blue Jays in a year.

  8. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    The Feesh pretending that they were trying to sign Cano strikes me as about as probable as the Taco Bell chihuahua capturing Godzilla in his cardboard carton trap.

  9. 461deep - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Signing Cano most unlikely but Jeffrey just sold a painting for mucho $$ so maybe he wants to beat the IRS a little and buy an expensive live batting art work.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Loria owns the Marlins to take money out, not put money in.

    • nbjays - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Well, Cano is sometimes like a still life when he’s lollygagging down to first.

  10. gerwinke1985 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if Loria plays a game within a game. What I mean is he likes to sign players to ridiculous contracts and then takes on the challenge of trying to move them at the deadline.

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