Marlins Make Offer To Yoenis Cespedes

3:00pm: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (via Twitter) hears that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than $40MM.

1:54pm: Yoenis Cespedes met with Marlins brass this week and returned to the Domincan Republic with an offer worth roughly $40MM over six years, a source close to the negotiations told Eric Reynoso of Cafe Fuerte.  Cespedes, according to the source, still doesn't have any immediate plans to meet with other teams.

Prior to meeting with Cespedes, Marlins president David Samson hinted that the club would make an offer to the Cuban outfielder.  The interest seems mutual as Cespedes told reporters that he would like to play in Miami.

Also within the piece, Reynoso writes that utility player and fellow Cuban Adonis Garcia became a free agent on Thursday.  Agent Carlos Perez says that he has fielded interest from six teams, though the Marlins are not among them.  The 26-year-old, who has shown the ability to hit for power, spent this winter with the Magellan Navigators of the Venezuelan League.

83 Responses to Marlins Make Offer To Yoenis Cespedes Leave a Reply

  1. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    That’s only about $6.5MM per year. Dombrowski should be able to match it.

    • agreed. Lets get him.

    • LordD99 3 years ago

      $6.5 million a year for a guy who probably can’t hit a breaking pitch? Be thankful your team, in this case the Tigers, don’t get him.  He will be viewed a bust a year from now.

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        Alexi Ramirez did fine. I don’t buy all of this “he can’t hit because Cuba isn’t as good of a league” stuff. I’m interested in his speed and defense, anyway. As long as he hits .260, I’m happy.

        • He was unable to hit in DR. He is not ready for MLB

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            Since when is 35 at bats a big enough sample size to judge a player? Especially when you consider that he had not played in a while. I think he will need Spring Training and a month in AAA, then he will be ready.

          • Whole_New_World 3 years ago

            Dream on.

          • Unable to hit after months off. Give him time to train, then judge him. His track record in Cuba a more accurate sample size than 35 Ab’s in winter league.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          “Alexi Ramirez did fine.”

          alexei ramirez is valuable because he plays a premium defensive position and plays it very well. he is a below average MLB hitter despite being an elite hitter in cuba

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            My point is that he is adequate enough to hit. If Cespedes plays like Alexi, I think we’re good, but I do think that Cespedes is a better hitter.

    • disgustedcubfan 3 years ago

      Do you want to match it though?
      Wouldn’t the Tigers rather use that $$$ on a fifth starter or a second baseman?

  2. LioneeR 3 years ago

    I am curious how Cespedes’ contract will work.  Will there be a minor league option on it in case he just isn’t quite ready or are they going to be forced to keep a sub-par player on their roster?

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      I think that there would have to be minor league options. Maybe not three, like there are traditionally, but there would need to be at least two.

  3. Its a big gamble for whoever signs him.  I see it as a 50/50 gamble since scouting reports differ on his abilities.  He is either going to be a super star or a big bust. 

    • Cheeseballs 3 years ago

      I disagree. I think he’ll be a fine major league player. But not of the superstar capacity. And at that price, it won’t be that big of a bust. He’ll simply need to be worth a little over 1 WAR to constitue that contract, which is completely attainable

      • LioneeR 3 years ago

        His workout video alone is worth at least 1 WAR imo.

        • Whole_New_World 3 years ago

          Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, Yeah.

          (Now THAT video is worth 1 WAR)

  4. DanMizer 3 years ago

    Biggest surprise of the off season… Snoooozzzeeeee. Can’t we just make it official and move on to Osealt reluctantly signing with BoSox

    • toneighty 3 years ago

      haha Oswalt probably should have taken the 10 mil the tigers offered him earlier. Its funny none of the teams he wants to play for want him.

      • DanMizer 3 years ago

        I wonder how that works- a player signing to a team he doesn’t want to play for and the team/players/fans understand that as well. Also if St Louis can’t free up or expand payroll to 3-4+ million(needed to move McClellan) to sign Oswalt as their 3-4th SP, in an offensively starved league THEY ARE CRAZY.

      • Cheeseballs 3 years ago

        You mean none of the teams he wants to play for have room for him. He is a clear upgrade for the Cardinals.

  5. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Doesn’t seem to be enough major players for a huge bidding war so I don’t know why Miami started with such a high offer. I would have offered him 20M tops to start. Let him field other offers and match the best one. He is completely unproven and has no major track record even in Cuba. He is just a toolsy prospect who is already 27. It would be silly to invest huge money for a guy who might play AAA for the rest of his career. 

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       IMO he ends up there anyway..

      No offense in ANY way intended here now…

      The south Florida area is a huge Cuban area as it is and has been since the Mariel boatlift/refugee times of ’79 and gotten nothing but larger since. That area has to appeal to him and would be perfect for him in that regard.

      With Loria throwing the huge 40m offer out, he is playing it smart and giving him a huge Spanish speaking populace, plus financial incentive as well to come to south florida.

      • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

        I agree he ends up in Miami but he shouldn’t be getting 40M though.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          40m is stiff..Right… There must be other teams “rumbling” of high offers being contemplated for the normally tight Loria to offer that.

          Me? I would rather see that 40m given/offered to Sanchez over 3 seasons on an extension, or 4/50-55 even. Sanchez is something that team dearly needs and is a proven commodity.

      • didnt he already say he wanted to play in miami a couple weeks ago?

    • Every time I see a post by you, I read it in Leonard Washington’s voice. 

  6. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Someone has serious issues and I think it was the one behind the keyboard..

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      When in doubt, blame the government.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        LOL. Hey now.. Sometimes it IS the problem.. Then that is another entirely different area….

  7. stewie75 3 years ago

    if the marlins sign him- can you imagine what ozzie will say if he actually does turn out to just be craig monroe? i think his head would just explode.

  8. DbacksAreBeast 3 years ago

    Come on get him Dbacks! Then we would have Parra, Kubel, Upton, Young, and 

  9. DbacksAreBeast 3 years ago

    this was a joke…

  10. Matt Bennett 3 years ago

    I’m a Orioles fanatic, and trust me, the Marlins are probably one of the teams that i know the least about so don’t slam me if I’m far off here;
    How do the Marlins have any money left? Reyes, Bell, Buerhle, new stadium, and now Cepedes?

    • Cheeseballs 3 years ago

      I think that is being investigated currently.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Several have already been fired over the stadium finances.. Do you recall who? I can’t off the top of my head.. Seems as tho the Mayor is currently in hot water as well??? I am in central FL and only read sometimes on that issue.

    • jondogg2010 3 years ago

      They’re banking on things to happen that haven’t yet happened. (Selling tickets being the main thing) (selling more tickets= more sponsors= new tv deal etc etc etc)

    • LioneeR 3 years ago

      The new stadium is the reason they are expecting higher revenues next year.  They are also back loading contracts.  It is possible they are going to try to trade these players in a couple years, or are just hoping the hype around the team/possible success will increase revenues further. 

      • actually if they win the series this year they will trade or try to trade everyone on the team .

    • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

      I’m wondering the same thing. They better hope they all have good chemistry otherwise an angry zambrono Hanley Ozzie and LoMo would be a mess

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Because the good people of Florida helped foot the bill on the stadium. As I recall.. Loria does not have 1 shiny nickel invested in it.

      • FillyPhan 3 years ago

        Thats why they are now the Miami Sellouts, I mean Miami Marlins.

  11. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    What I don’t get is the way in which signing international players is designed. There should be a way to control how it’s done. If a MLB team is willing to bring (player) from (country) to play here in the states, they should be able to control the WHOLE process, and if the player doesn’t like it, stay in (country). Simple as that. So imo, the Marlins should be able to determine the amount of minor league options, years, $$, and if the deal would be incentive laden or guaranteed. It’s all garbage that’s getting out of hand.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      The Marlins do not have control over him. He is a FREE agent. He will be treated as such.

      • jondogg2010 3 years ago

        I meant if he SIGNS with the Marlins…. (or any team)

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

          If he signs with a team, then they would have come to an agreement on all of that stuff.

          • Vote4DougWilson 3 years ago

            Exactly. I can’t figure out what this guy’s issue is… what does he think they negotiate over  during contract talks if not years and $?

  12. Maydusja 3 years ago

    Grow up. This page is for trade rumors. If you want a page meant for baseball discussion, go find a forum or Facebook page meant for it.

  13. A simple “thank you” would have been nice to receive even in the absence of recognition.

  14. Seems like a logical offer. 60 mill was crazy.

  15. Why aren’t other teams going after this guy?  Is it because he made it known that he ‘wants’ to play in Miami?

  16. thekoshow 3 years ago


  17. LioneeR 3 years ago

    I am not 100% sure on how it works, but I thought each option meant 1 year a piece.  Meaning you have 3 years where you can bring the player up/down as many times as needed.

    In the case of Cespedes, it is a Free agent contract so they can put whatever they want into it.

  18. nictonjr 3 years ago

    Options are in years not moves.  Having 3 options means you can be sent down/called up for 3 years without having to go through waivers.  Draft picks that sign major league deals have 3 option years.  I’d guess Cespedes will too…

  19. bjbirdie. 3 years ago

    All players receive 3 options upon being placed on a 40man roster.  An option is NOT used by virtue of being placed on a 40man roster.  An option is only used if the player is ‘optioned’ off the active roster (25man) to the minor league roster.  

    Cespedes’ contract will assuredly be a major league contract.  Similar to the “major league” deals of yesteryear offered to draft picks, he’ll be immediately added to the 40man roster.  If he doesn’t make the 25man out of spring training and is ‘optioned’ to the minor leagues, the team will lose an ‘option’.  If he stays up with the team all year, the team will not lose an option.

    With that said, it is certainly possible that as part of the contract negotiation, the signing team will agree to waive some or all of the options.  

  20. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    This comment just goes to show how little you know. Delmon has no speed or defense. Cespedes has great speed, defense, and arm. Boesch goes to left and Cespedes goes to right. Demon at DH.

  21. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    Left field Delmon will DH cespedes can lead off and give us speed and he is a good defender even if he hit .260 he gives us speed and defense which is what we lack so it’d workout just fine

  22. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    Didn’t see your comment and just said pretty much the exact same thing agree with everything except switching Boesch to left I think he’d do better in right

  23. JacksTigers 3 years ago


  24. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Cespedes has a better arm and speed. With Comerica having a larger right field, I’d prefer Cespedes. Not to mention that you always want your athletic guys in right, and there is not a doubt in my mind that says that Cespedes is a better athlete.

  25. BDLugz 3 years ago

    How are the Cubs, who are doing a total rebuild, desperate?  For once they aren’t trying to fix every problem with a check to the nearest player.

  26. its sad when ozzie guillen him self is saying you gotta be very cautious in signing this guy.

  27. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    I agree that’s the most likely scenario. But personally, I’d prefer the Tigers to get a little more creative. Sign Cespedes to play CF and trade Austin Jackson to the Marlins for Bonifacio and Cash. Bonifacio can leadoff for the Tigers and provide good defense for them at 2b most days and occasionally 3b/LF. Leadoff Bonifacio and bat Cespedes in the 2-hole and rotate Boesch and Delmon in the 5/6 spot. Then the Tigers can just fill the ninth spot in their lineup with some defensive rotation of Dirks (LF) or Worth/Santiago (2b, and shift Bonifacio to LF), or even Inge/Kelly (3b, when they DH MCab occasionally). Leyland loves experiments like that and he could just ride the hot seat

    I think Austin Jackson would definitely interest the Marlins if they can’t land Cespedes. He’s a big upgrade in CF over Bonifacio/Coghlan defensively and there’s a chance he could offer about the same offensively if he can ever cut down on the strikeouts. With Reyes they don’t need to rely on him to lead-off either like the Tigers did. Add in that he’s cost-controlled for 4 seasons, meaning he can be considered “part of the core” that they are trying to put together down there.

  28. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    “Not to mention that you always want your athletic guys in right”

    Since when?  A lot of the most athletic corner outfielders play LF (Crawford, Ellsbury, Gardner, etc.)  Meanwhile guys with strong arms but limited range often play RF. 

    And LF in Comerica is bigger than RF.  Not sure why you think otherwise.

  29. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I’d rather keep Jackson.

  30. Yankees420 3 years ago

    You know that Bonifacio has only started 51 games at 2B in his career?  With 37 of those starts coming with the Nationals back in ’08

  31. Yankees420 3 years ago

    You know that Bonifacio has only started 51 games at 2B in his career?  With 37 of those starts coming with the Nationals back in ’08

  32. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    I really like Jackson too and it would be tough to see him go, but the kid averages 170 strikeouts a season. I don’t think he’ll ever be the leadoff hitter the Tigers can depend on. Bonifacio showed he could do that last year (.300, .360 OBP, 40 SBs) while playing good defense at 2b, which the Tigers desperately need with their current IF defense projection.
    Additionally, scouts all suggest Cespedes has more power than speed. He could drive in more runs from that spot IMO than the lead-off spot. Especially with Bonifacio, one of the leagues best bunters last season, either already on base or having advanced the ninth or eighth hitter with a bunt.  Boesch hitting 5th or 6th makes him more of a run-producer, which is what he is better skilled to be anyway.
    Lastly, Bonifacio has 3 seasons of control, so it’s not like he’s a rental for the Tigers. It’s just one less season that they would have had AJax for.

  33. LioneeR 3 years ago

    Thanks for clearing that up.  Close to what I thought.  Don’t most international free agents(especially high profile ones) put little or no options on their contracts?

  34. GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago


  35. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    There may be a second baseman on the market in July. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brandon Phillips on the market. Maybe Cespedes can lead off and Jackson can move to the none spot. Jackson’s defense it too valuable to trade.

  36. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Nine spot. Not none.

  37. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    Regardless of whether or not he can hit well/at all in the majors which is why its controversial to sign him in the first place, it’s undisputed that Cespedes can play the OF well defensively. Maybe not quite as well as AJax, but his offensive potential is much higher than AJax’s. Additionally, if the Tigers are going to start Andy Dirks in LF (batting ninth) on most days, that OF is going to cover a lot of range. Bonifacio just gives the Tigers an added bonus of defense at 2b, additional position flexibility at LF/3b, and more recent and trustworthy success at the leadoff position than AJax. Additionally they’d control him for 3 years.

    Furthermore, have you seen the 2b market? It is empty after this season besides Phillips who will NOT be traded. The Reds are all-in; there’s no way they throw the towel at the deadline. Both the Cards and Brewers got worse this offseason while the Reds got way better. Even if you’re right, Phillips would cost the Tigers Castellanos or Turner for half a season when they could probably sign him on the open-market after this season without picking whats left of the farm system.

  38. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I think that you’re giving up on him way too early. I think that he’ll be fine at the lead off spot.

  39. Yankees420 3 years ago

    Crawford and Ellsbury are both playing LF?  Who’s in center?

  40. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    Ellsbury is a CF now, but he was a LF before that.  Both played LF rather than RF, just like many other fast players with good range.

  41. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    He started off his career at that position and then the Marlins tried to switch him to 3b. With his range and glove from experience at 3b, I highly doubt he can’t play the position well.

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