Found November 07, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
According to Ken Rosenthal of, a Marlins contingent (including owner Jeffrey Loria) will visit Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes in the Dominican later this week. The 26-year-old Cespedes defected last summer and, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, is expected soon to be cleared for free agency. Here is a video of Cespedes (actual baseball starts at the 3:20 mark): Matthew Cerrone: OH. MY! That is the craziest, most ridiculous, egotistical, most intriguing scouting video I have ever seen. The way he watches his home runs is enough to justify signing him. Though, I do have to question his camp’s taste in music. Sailing, by Christopher Cross? Really? Anyway, the kid can hit, that’s clear. I have not heard much about him, nor have I heard teams actually talk about him a realistic way… perhaps that will start to change after this video gets around. I mean, the Star Wars intro alone is bound to pique someone’s interest… Passan says the player’s agents are pitching him as...

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