Cubs, Sox among teams in for Cespedes

A day after Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes made his professional debut in the Dominican winter league, he said that six teams are pursuing him, the Cubs and White Sox among them, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

The other teams are the Marlins, Tigers, Indians and Orioles.

Cespedes went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts for Aguilas Cibaenas Thursday night, but he’s still likely in for a big payday as a free agent. Some reports say he could get as much as $60 million.

The 26-year-old Cespedes, who played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, is considered a five-tool player.

ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine hypothesizes that because the White Sox traded away Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, they have the payroll flexibility to sign Cespedes. But the outfielder also fits with new Cubs president Theo Epstein’s commitment to signing foreign stars to augment talent developed at home.