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Yoenis Cespedes close to establishing residency in Dominican Republic

Dec 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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While we’re all waiting to find out who had the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin.

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes could be granted residency in the Dominican Republic this week. Edgar Mercedes, Cepsedes’ representative in the Dominican, said that the 26-year-old has already gained approval, so it sounds like they are only awaiting the official documentation.

“We’ll hear about it tomorrow [Tuesday]. We are confident that Yoenis will receive his documents this week.”

While Cespedes needs to be granted residency before becoming a free agent in MLB, he also needs to get approval from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. As we learned from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus over the weekend, that likely won’t happen until the early part of January.

“The unlocking may take two weeks, but in January we’ll be authorized to sign,” Mercedes said. “We are on time to sign for the next season, because spring training will start on the second week of February.”

The number of teams who have scouted Cespedes in the Dominican Republic stretches well into the double-digits, though most consider the Yankees, Marlins, Cubs and Tigers the favorites to sign him.

  1. yournuts - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    I heard that he wants to be a Yankee.

    • randygnyc - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      Let’s hope so. I can see him in right field, playing nightly, on the biggest, most important stage in baseball.

      • cmutimmah - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:48 AM

        “Most important stage”?

        The only reason he’d want to play there is to hit in that joke of a ball park the Yankees built. Do you know what’s sad? The HR king last year wasn’t a Yankee, even though their Fisher Price stadium allows Texas Leaguer HRs…

  2. shrimpking55 - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    And who’s your source? #dumb

  3. lostsok - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    The Marlins make the most sense. They need to put butts in the seats of that new park, or there will BE no Miami Marlins. There are a lot of Cuban butts in Miami. If I were the GM of Miami I would be thinking of all the 10-12 year old Cuban kids that could use a Griffey for their generation. That is the future fanbase for that team…GIVE THEM THEIR HERO!

    • cmutimmah - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      How do they make sense? They just spent a crap ton on Reyes and Buehrle, I can’t see them affording Cespedes also.

      If they couldn’t get butts in the seats before, it’s not going to get much better. Although, Miami IS little Cuba… so this guy would be a rockstar there….

  4. whittle79 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    He is going to be a tiger !!

  5. only1stantheman - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Yeah, and I was holding out hope for him to land in STL, but I don’t think it’ll happen. His agent is talking 60 mil… that’s a significant leap of faith.

  6. natsattack - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    He’s gonna be a Nat!

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