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Marlins not stunned by Cespedes decision

     Nothing about the Marlins is mundane anymore, and today's annual media luncheon in Coconut Grove -- a somewhat ho-hum event in previous years -- was more evidence of that. It was during the middle of the luncheon that news broke of Yoenis Cespedes' decision to sign with Oakland.

     "Is it (true)?" responded Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest when I relayed the info, which had just broken on the internet.

     It was indeed.

     To be truthful, though, the Marlins weren't all that surprised. I spoke to one front office executive, who told me beforehand that he was not optimistic about signing Cespedes, this despite several reports indicating that the Marlins were frontrunners to land the Cuban outfielder.

     The Marlins had offered Cespedes a six-year, $36 million deal, but refused to increase the bid after being told that it wasn't enough. The A's ended up landing Cespedes with a reported offer of $36 million for four years.

     "When you're going after a player who has not played at the major league level, it is important to make sure that you will have him long enough to reap the benefit of the risk," Marlins president David Samson said after learning of Cespedes' decision. "And so you have to make sure the term is long enough that right when he is at his peak, he is not leaving."
 

     Do you think the Marlins make the right decision in holding firm on their offer for Cespedes? Or do you feel they should have raised their bid to land the outfielder?

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