A 5-tool player that is major league ready (most likely). 26 years old. Looking for about $6mil a year. I think he's well worth the risk. But like the article says, the Marlins will be very interested bc of the whole Cuban fan base thing.
The Cubs didn't send any scouts to see him yesterday so no I do not think they are interested.
I would love to have him.
They have over 49 Million committed with just Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, John Buck, Omar Infante and Randy Choate. Their beat writer says that it will only be between 60-70 million for this season.
Their beat writer is the equivalent of Muskrat then. Right now they have 45.75 committed for 2012 not counting arbitration eligible players. Meaning they would not be in the Pujols/Fielder/Reyes/Buerhle or anyone market. 85 million is the reported figure. At least 85 million.
"And then when fans still don't show up after the first year of the new park he'll be looking to dump all the guys he signed."
Agreed. Carlos Delgado part 2 will be happening. Baseball just doesn't seem viable in Florida. A lot of the retired people come from the northeast and root for the Yanks or Sox or some other team. Building a new stadium isn't necessarily going to sustain an increase in turnout. I am sure they will do better attendance wise, but then they will run into the same problems eventually.