Yoenis Cespedes, Miami Marlins To Meet

Look, I don't want to be a zealot about this, but I can't believe that we're still writing about where Yoenis Cespedes is going. First, the news, from Ken Rosenthal:

Sources: Cespedes likely to visit #Marlins in Miami within the next week. #Cubs, others remain deeply involved.

There's a city with the biggest population of first- and second-generation Cubans in the country. In this city, there's a team that's frantically spending money to build attention and goodwill as they enter a new ballpark. This team has a hole in center field. On the market is a Cuban superstar who plays center field. Let's not think this through too hard.

But there is a catch: Maybe the Marlins' baseball people just aren't crazy about Cespedes. Maybe they're concerned that he'll need some AAA time, or maybe they're concerned that he'll never hit in the majors. Maybe they're convinced he can't play center.

Those would all be some good baseball reasons, so it's not a sure thing. But I'd wager there's a heavy push from the marketing department on this one. If Cespedes becomes a star for the Marlins in their new ballpark, that could change how the franchise is viewed by a fan base that's too used to fire sales.

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