According to a report from DiarioLibre.com, the Cubs have shown the most interest in Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes spoke with Dionisio Soldevila prior to Monday’s playoff game in the Dominican Republic and said he “has attracted the attention of at least six major league teams, but none has shown as much interest in him” as the Chicago Cubs.
The report noted that “while the Cubs have been more active than others, it does not mean he will sign with them.” Executives for the Cubs, including Jose Serra, were in attendance Monday to watch Cespedes play. Serra is the Cubs’ Coordinator of Latin American Scouting and is credited with signing current players Rafael Dolis, Alberto Cabrera, Welington Castillo, Jeffry Antigua, Junior Lake, Carlos Marmol and Starlin Castro.
Cespedes said, “I’ve eaten a few times with them and talked a lot, but that does not mean it is safe for me to come sign with them. I’m just telling it like it is, they have shown more interest than others.”
According to the report, the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Marlins and Indians are the six teams that appear to have shown the most interest.
Cespedes cannot sign with a big league team until he obtains residency in the Dominican Republic. The process is expected to be resolved soon.
Yoenis Cespedes is 2-for-19 since he began playing in the Dominican last week.
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Below is a translated version of the report.
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English Translation of Linked Report
Yoeni Cespedes, “Cubs have shown more interest in me”
Cuban nationality slugger is playing with the Cibao Eagles
CéspedesSANTO Yoeni DOMINGO – The Cuban slugger said Cespedes Yoenis attracted the attention of at least six major league teams, but none has shown much interest in hiring him as the Chicago Cubs.
“Of all the teams who have come, the one that has interested me has been the Chicago Cubs,” Cespedes said Monday at the Quisqueya Stadium, before the playoff game between the Tigers and the Cibao Eagles Licey.
Cespedes, 27, defected from Cuba six months ago, where he was part of the national baseball team. He led the Cuban league home run and there is speculation that it could receive more than $ 50 million once it comes to free agency in baseball.
At least 10 teams have seen more private shows in the Dominican Republic, where he has hosted since he defected in July.
Meanwhile, Céspedes has played four games with the Eagles and just 15 at-bats have connected an infield hit with five strikeouts for a .067 average.
The Cuban clarified that while the Cubs have been more active than others, does not mean he will sign with them.
“I’ve eaten a few times with them and talked a lot, but that does not mean it is safe for me to come to sign with them. I’m just telling it like it is, they have shown more interest than others,” said .
Were in the stadium on Monday Cubs executives, including director of operations in the country, José Serra.
Cespedes said recently that there are six teams interested in his services: the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Orioles, Marlins and Indians.
“We have not been offered because I’m still resolving my situation of Dominican residence, but with God before it will be soon,” he said.
The Cuban clarified that the bureaucratic process to obtain your residence permit in a country outside the United States and Cuba, one of the requirements for deserters from the Caribbean island, is almost solved.