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MLB: Yoenis Cespedes can negotiate

Updated: January 25, 2012, 6:03 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has told teams that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is eligible to negotiate with big league teams.

The commissioner's office notified clubs on Wednesday, a day after Cespedes established legal residency in the Dominican Republic.

His agent, Edgar Mercedes, confirmed the residency in a telephone interview Tuesday.

MLB said Cespedes cannot finalize a contract until he obtains an unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of ...

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