14 February 2012
Just like with Albert Pujols the Marlins have lost out on one of their free agent targets to a team that was off the radar, as Yoenis Cespedes signed with the Oakland Athletics for a four year deal worth $36 million. The Marlins were the only that Cespedes actually visited and the team offered him the same amount of money as the Athletics, but it was over six years not four. The Oakland Athletics were not on the short list of teams (Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Baltimore Orioles) that were supposedly be in on Cespedes. With Yoenis Cespedes off the market the Marlins should be done with trying to add to the team and will just start to get ready for Spring Training with Emilio Bonifacio penciled in as the starter in center field and Chris Coghlan with be the back up with a chance to win the starting spot if he is healthy.
News has also come out that the Marlins will be featured this year on the Showtime television show The Franchise, baseball's version of Hard Knocks. Camera crews will be following the Marlins around during spring training as the team tries to adjust their team as they incorporate off season additions Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano, and manager Ozzie Guillen. The show had a successful first season last year as they followed the San Fransisco Giants, and this year the show could be a must watch considering some of the personalities on this team, especially Heath Bell, Logan Morrison, and Ozzie Guillen.