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Yoenis Cespedes due to become free agent within two weeks

Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

Yoenis Cespedes AP AP

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes remains in limbo as he tries to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and become a free agent, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent “sometime in the next 10 days” and January 15 is the “tentative day” being targeted.

Frisaro expects the Marlins to be among the teams making a strong push for Cespedes once he’s officially on the open market and there’s been plenty of speculation about the 26-year-old outfielder commanding more than $50 million.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Way too much hype around this guy. I’d like to see him face MLB pitching and fielding before I care one way or another about him.

  2. protius - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I’d settle for AAA pitching and defense at this point.

  3. mojosmagic - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Everyday you have a so called BS story saying the same thing???

    • Charles Gates - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      There’s a link at the bottom of the page to get your money back.

  4. jason1214 - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    @whenmattstairs

    I get your point, but didnt he play in both WBC’s? Risk is probably same as Japanese players. Someone will still pay him.

  5. whittle79 - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    This kid better end up in a tigers uniform !! I would be jacked. Then we could trade Santiago an an young for pardo.

  6. djammer - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    That YouTube was the Scott Boras treatment and it worked. I can throw my dog a frisbee and make him look good with the right camera angle and sharp angle cuts. That’s essentially what that video is. Someone will give that guy 5 years at $8 mil. He will be a good minor leaguer, get promoted and suck for 1 year with a hole in his swing and a vicious inability to hit a sharp curve a la Soriano.

    • phillyphreak - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      Teams have seen more than the video…..

  7. tn16 - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    He is going to be a just average outfielder who cares by next season he will be have been caught with roids

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