Marlins meet with Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes
Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes toured the Miami Marlins’ new
downtown ballpark Wednesday, the first leg of what’s expected to be
his tour of interested clubs.
Cespedes played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and
is projected to be ready for the majors. Cespedes says six teams
are interested in signing him, including the Marlins, Baltimore,
Detroit, Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.
Cespedes donned a hard hat for his walkthrough at the
almost-completed park in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. In
Spanish, he said he believes the Marlins ”can compete for a World
Series” as early as this season.
Major League Baseball says Cespedes cannot finalize a contract
until he obtains an unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury
Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.