A's sign Cuban OF Cespedes

A's sign Cuban OF Cespedes
February 13, 2012, 5:29 pm
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The A's have agreed to a deal with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to multiple reports.

ESPN's Buster Olney said in a Twitter report that Cespedes got a four-year, 36 million deal.

MLB.com A's reporter Jane Lee confirmed it.

Many teams were reportedly interested in the 26-year-old slugger. In 90 games in Cuba last season, he hit .333 with 33 homers and 99 RBIs. Cespedes was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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Cespedes is in the U.S. via the Dominican Republic on a visitor's visa. Teams can negotiate with him and his agent, Adam Katz. He was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in January but has not been legally cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The Marlins offered Cespedes a six-year deal worth about 40 million during his visit to the teams new ballpark Wednesday, according to Caf Fuerte, a Miami-area blog. The Miami Herald reports the offer is less than 40 million.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles were reportedly among his pursuers as well.

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