Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are prepared to make a “substantial offer” to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Marlins president David Samson indicated as much during a radio appearance earlier this month by saying that they would be “aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there.” While the dollar figure isn’t known, Frisaro hears that the Marlins are prepared to offer a contract between four and six years. Cespedes, 26, is on the brink of free agency after establishing residency in the Dominican Republic. Many believe he’ll end up with a contract north of the $30.25 million deal Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds in January of 2010. The Cubs, Tigers, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Nationals, Indians and Phillies are among some of the other interested clubs.