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.