The Miami Marlins have been hot on the trail of a lot of big name free agents this offseason, the most mysterious of which is Cuban outfielder turned defected free agent Yoenis Cespedes. According to a tweet from Peter Gammons, the price for Cespedes might be a little bit more than people were originally projecting.
That's an awful lot of money to pay for a guy who has not played a single game in the American professional system. He certainly has a world of talent, but there are plenty of examples of players who show that they can play at a world class level overseas, then fail to translate that success when they reach the Major Leagues.
Cespedes could very well be the player everyone thinks he is going to. But does it make sense for the Marlins, who seem to be on the verge of maing a real push if they can spend wisely, to make that kind of risk when they are in on other big name free agents who could be a safer option?