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LoMo on Cespedes: "It's a big risk for the Marlins"

     Logan Morrison weighed in on the Marlins' pursuit of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes when he appeared as a guest on SiriusXM radio's "First Pitch" on Thursday, calling it a "big risk" for the team based on the many uncertainties about the player.

     "It's hard for me to judge a player just by watching him on YouTube, so I don't really know what he can or can't do," Morrison said. "I've heard of the crazy power he has and what he looks like in all his stuff. But I've heard of guys that had crazy power and looked awesome in a uniform and don't do crap on the field when the game starts.

     "So I think that's a big question mark, and it's a big risk for the Marlins," Morrison continued. "...you don't need to catch balls behind your back in games, and you don't need to jump 100 feet in the air and leg press 20,000 pounds, or whatever the heck he's doing. It's all about playing the game the right way and applying your skills to the game. And if he can do that, then he'll be very, very dangerous."

      On the other hand, Morrison said it's not his money, so "let's do it."

      You can listen to the full conversation with Morrison here.

      At least one potential suitor could be backing out of the Cespedes sweepstakes. By signing Prince Fielder earlier in the week, the Tigers may be bowing out, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com, who quoted GM Dave Dombrowski as saying: "Most likely, but you can never tell."

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Bob

LoMo has a point. This guy's just as much a risk as any kid just going into professional baseball is, but the Marlins are hoping this strong guy turns into another Mike Stanton, LoMo's teammate who has proven he can do crap on the field. LoMo knows how dangerous a Cespedes who can play the game the right way is just by looking at Stanton. Of course, still have to see if the Marlins even land him, but if they do, hopefully he'll be a risk that pays off in a huge way like Stanton does.

CJ

LoMo is correct in his assessment of Cespedes. Just think "Cerrano."

Eddy

I highly doubt Cespedes turns into a Stanton.

I project Cespedes as a 15-15 player with solid average (.270s) and decent OBP. A good player, but nothing worth throwing millions and millions at.

At best, I see a Jayson Werth 2012 projection in his future: 75/22/90/.265/15. Or heck, a Brennan Boesch/Jeff Francoeur player.

I don't think he can be a 30/30 player at all. I'm especially concerned because it's been said that his level of competition in Cuba is similar to A-ball here. That's very disconcerting.

CJ

"Jesus (Hey-zus), I like heeem very much...but he no help with curveball."

pino

big guy with power and dnt do anything i know somebody like that his name is logan morrison!!

HENRYH

it is a crapshoot, rather have pierre as a back up cf and go out and get a proven bat. how many over rated players from Cuba have been a positive figures on their team? the livan brothers? naming others is hard to do. No to Cespedes unless they

pedro

He will be a bust.

David C

Hey pino, your right.lol...Look in the mirror guy!! And if you doubt Cespedes, just take a look at his work on the Cuban national team. Marlins need a player like this, in more ways that one. I'm cuban-amercan and it would be very emotional and very exiting to see him start at center field.

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Bob

Pino say what you want we all know you're wrong. LoMo plays the game harder than most and he's a great kid off the field. He has more than enough fans to make up for haters like you.

NP

Agree with Lomo. Too much money, too much uncertainty.

DAVID C:

Where were you and all the Cuban Americans when Destrade was here, the days Alex Fernandez and Livan pitched???

Considering the large Cuban population here, there aren't many at the games. You see plenty of Dominicans, Venezuelans.

thejuandiggler

LOMO sounding off again.
Him and Ozzie should make for some intresting dugout fights. Im predicting one at least!
He is not wrong, it is a risk
If Coughlin is healthy he might not give up a starting gig if Cespedes starts off in minor lg

Flav C

I'm hopeful this could be the season LoMo displays a much better batting avg, and more importantly,a better avg with runners in scoring position. He has the stuff, now he has to focus on it.

hank g

Since Lomo is such a great judge of talent what would he say about his own numbers...247 Ba ..182 w/RISP...197 Ba from 7th inning on..23 hrs w 17 of them w/ Bases empty. Pretty piss poor. Tweet That

Jorge A

Lomo talks and tweets a great game. Over rated by ignorant fans.

glags

The guy has a point its a risk but it aint his money. He was asked a question and gave his honest opinion. Anyways, the same people that are complaining about Lomo would be the ones calling for heads to roll if he was traded. You can change stadiums and unis but you can't change the fans. That's how it's been and will never change.

Tomas

would have traded lomo for gio in a heartbeat

TAMAKUN

I can see that the Cuban community can get emotional about this guy but, think again, how may Cuban national team members have you seen come to the USA and have even a decent career? I watched Cespedes on TV making his debut in the Dominican Winter League and he struck out the first three times up, the first one on a pitch over his head. Not a good sign. On the other hand, some time later he hit a line-drive homer that left the park reeeeal fast. So he may have great power but he has to hit the ball first.

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