Marlins To Make “Aggressive” Run For Cespedes

The Marlins are prepared to make a strong run for Yoenis Cespedes once he gains his Dominican residency and Major League Baseball declares him a free agent, Marlins president David Samson said in his weekly appearance on 790 The Ticket (transcribed by Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel).

“[The club's pursuit will be] aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there,” Samson said. “We think he’s a perfect fit for us, but it has to be sane. [We've been] expressing interest, going to visit, making it very clear to his representatives and to him and his family that we think he should not be anywhere other than Miami. As a Cuban and someone in the DR, it makes perfect sense. We have a perfect position for him to play. It would be great."

Samson went on to say that the club is prepared for the sizable signing bonus and contract that Cespedes will likely command.  However, Miami will back off if another team looks to "make a bigger splash or get irrational."

Rodriguez also writes that the club has not begun pursuing Prince Fielder, according to a source who has spoken with the front office.  Earlier today we learned that there are strong indications that the Marlins aren't pursuing the slugger aggressively.

51 Responses to Marlins To Make “Aggressive” Run For Cespedes Leave a Reply

  1. cachhubguy 4 years ago

    Samson is not a very smart negotiator.

    • Alexander Cerra 4 years ago

      Uh, he’s not saying they’re going to be “stupidly aggressive”.  It’s the opposite.  all he’s saying is they’re gonna be aggressive at what they think he’s worth and nothing more.  Basically saying they aren’t going to get into a bidding war.  Hence, to the point of stupidity but not there.  So when/if the price gets stupid he’s out.  Besides, it doesn’t matter what he tells the media.  Yoenis and his agent know exactly who’s serious and who isnt.

    • rsanchez1 4 years ago

      It’s why Boras is kicking himself that he couldn’t push Fielder harder to the Marlins sooner.

  2. TheBigNice 4 years ago


    • Will Grandi 4 years ago

      I hope Detroit signs him as well… want to see him swinging at more sliders in the dirt in the ALC!

  3. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I really want this guy in Detroit.

  4. Josh Gedert 4 years ago

    You never see the Tigers office, say David Dombrowski, run his mouth. Not smart.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago


      • Josh Gedert 4 years ago

        What? You never see DD say “oh, we’re going to probably sign him.” What’s not to get?

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          I’ve never seen that. I have seen him say that he’s not going after someone and then gets him, but I’ve never seen him say he is probably going to sign someone.

          • Josh Gedert 4 years ago

            That was my point. This is how he gets things done. I don’t think ANY president/GM/whatever say all those things.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            And yet, he is one of the top five GM’s in baseball.

          • Josh Gedert 4 years ago

            We might be on the wrong page here, I’m agreeing with you. David Dombrowski smartly keeps things on the down low, and usually gets what he wants. He IS one of the best GM’s in the games. Hopefully he can nab Cespedes.

  5. Jon Melton 4 years ago

    I still think Soler will end up as a better player,  but who really knows anything yet.

  6. SFLMarlin 4 years ago

    5-Tool Superstar!  I want him in CF for Marlins!

    • bravesdude 4 years ago

      You can have him . He’s not even projected to play in the majors this year or maybe even next . You’re basically only paying for him to play 2-3 years in the majors on a 4-5 year deal . And as been stated , most think Soler will have a better career .

      • There is no way he signs with a team that would put him in the minors.  He’s already 26, and extending the time until he can be a free agent again (because that’s when he’ll get real money [as long as he performs]) would be stupid on his part.

        If I’m him, I don’t sign any contract that doesn’t make me a free agent again in 3 years.  29 year old 5-tool players make bank, and a whole lot more than some guy coming in from Cuba or a guy on the wrong side of 30.

  7. i’m not sure cf is the best position for this guy.  i see him more in left.  

  8.  I think Samson is looking to put together a good team, then sell them for a profit.

  9. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure if I want Cespedes just because of the hype or because I think he is a good player. Maybe Soler is the better investment.

    • Major League deals for guys who are going to be in the minors are always risky.  Because they’re burning through options and taking up a 40-man roster spot, you end up at the point where you have to force the guy onto your ML roster or release them losing all of your investment.  Like Andrew Brackman, or the decision the Royals are going to have to make with Noel Argueles. 

      If Viciedo struggles out of the gate this year, what do you do?
      A:  Keep playing him
      B:  Bench him, not giving him ABs he needs to develop
      C:  DFA a 22 year old premium power bat

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        A. No doubt about it.

        • If he spends the first two months hitting .200?

          I agree for the this year’s White Sox team that isn’t probably winning anything, but if you’re competing, it is hard to keep that in your lineup.

          ***there are other pitfalls as well
          Having to move him off 3B because he didn’t have time to develop. Or trading your veteran RF for scrap because you need to get him in the lineup.

  10. Cespedes would look great in Miami! but if so it’d mean Lomo is on his way out. Sorry, but true.

    • jigokusabre 4 years ago

      LoMo is a 1B by trade… so they’d likely deal Gaby and move LoMo to 1B… or keep Cespedes in CF. 

  11. Kendrick Melo 4 years ago

    Yoenis Cespedes 3-0 3k HBP In his second AB with Aguilas K on three pitches against #Mets prospect Jeurys Familia.

  12. There is zero chance he is a bigger bust than Igawa.

  13. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    No. I was 100% serious…

  14. good point

  15. bravesdude 4 years ago

    or Kawakami .

  16. chrisn313 4 years ago

    Hideki Irabu.
    That is all.

  17. How about:

    DET gets:
    PTBNL or cash

    TOR gets:


  18. Lastings 4 years ago

    What do you care? You’re a Bronx Bomber…

  19. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Not interested at all. Maybe Delmon Young and a PTBNL/cash for Edwin Encarnacion.

  20. Thomas Wilson 4 years ago

    Just as long as they don’t have to include the #1 and #2 pitching prospects in all of baseball oh yeah or Montero who is basically Ivan Rodriguez with patience

  21. Yeah that’s pretty good. 

  22. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    There we go. Someone get DD and AA on the phone and get this done.

  23. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    WAR under one.

  24. JacksTigers 4 years ago


  25. JacksTigers 4 years ago



  26. except that the marlins are a very young team.  lomo, stanton, reyes, gaby and hanley are all in their prime or about to be.  we have a few older pitchers we signed because of oz, but your argument really doesn’t hold up.  

  27. disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

    I agree with almost all of that. I disagree with the idea that Cesepedes should come to the Sox simply because there are two other Cubans on the team.
    There are Cuban players all over MLB already, and many more on the way over the next year or two.
    It’s an international game being played by international players. Needing the security blanket of a fellow Cuban or two on a team is kind of silly. 

  28. Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

    It’s true that DY is somewhat better. But at $6.5MM he’s not as good a value as Encarnacion is at $3.5MM. That’s why the Tigers would need to send cash.

    P.S. I would totally endorse this move if the Tigers signed Cespedes.

  29. Rangersfan32 4 years ago

    Buerhle took a class in high school right?

  30. jigokusabre 4 years ago

    Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell are confused by your comment.

  31. dskirsa 4 years ago

    Wait…You’re saying Dombrowski has never had to sell the franchise to the fans?  You must not remember the rebuilding years from 2002-2006.  Wasn’t that long ago…

  32. dskirsa 4 years ago

    Wait…You’re saying Dombrowski has never had to sell the franchise to the fans?  You must not remember the rebuilding years from 2002-2006.  Wasn’t that long ago…

  33. fxx3605 4 years ago

    more than 12 fans showed up at the games though

  34. disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

    Fukudome for 48 million was no bargain.

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