Marlins meet with Yoenis Cespedes
MIAMI -- Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes toured the Miami Marlins' new downtown ballpark Wednesday, the first leg of what's expected to be his tour of interested clubs.
Cespedes played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and is projected to be ready for the majors. Cespedes says six teams are interested in signing him, including the Marlins, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.
Cespedes donned a hard hat for his walkthrough at the almost-completed park in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. In Spanish, he said he believes the Marlins "can compete for a World Series" as early as this season.
"It would be good (to play here)," Cespedes told reporters at Miami International Airport Tuesday. "There are a lot of Cubans and they would support me a lot. Hopefully I can play for the Marlins."
Major League Baseball says Cespedes cannot finalize a contract until he obtains an unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.