The Miami Marlins have not changed their stance about their lack of interest in free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, however the club does plan to be aggressive in their pursuit of Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“Aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there,” Marlins president David Samson said on club’s pursuit of Cepedes in an appearance on 790 The Ticket. “We think he’s a perfect fit for us, but it has to be sane. [We've] expressing interest, going to visit, making it very clear to his representatives and to him and his family that we think he should not be anywhere other than Miami. As a Cuban and someone in the DR, it makes perfect sense. We have a perfect position for him to play. It would be great.”
Cespedes is considered by many to be one of the top Cuban prospects in years. Some project the 26-year-old to develop into a power hitting centerfielder at the Major League level. It is believed that he will demand a contract higher than the $30.25 million deal given to Aroldis Chapman in 2010. Last season Cespedes hit .333/.424/.667 with 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games in Cuba.