Originally written on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 8/1/14
Considered among the early favorites to land Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, the Marlins’ optimism about signing him may be waning. President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest on Monday said the club remains interested, but once he’s declared a free agent the bidding could get ridiculous. According to a source who spoke with the Marlins on Monday, they’re concerned most of their money will be allocated by the time Cespedes establishes residence in the Dominican Republic and can begin negotiating with clubs. He’s had impressive, private workouts for numerous clubs, including the Yankees and Cubs, who are expected to make aggressive offers. The buzz around Cespedes according to an American League front office source is that Adam Katz, his agent, is marketing him like an established big league outfielder. Some believe he could command twice as much as fellow Cuban right-hander Aroldis Chapman, who got from the Reds ($30.25 million). They Marlins won’t stay around long if/when it be...
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