Yoenis Cespedes is officially a resident of the Dominican Republic.
The Cuban defector gained residency in the DR according to Tuesday reports, the first step in his journey to the MLB.
Now Cespedes only needs to be granted approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent.
Once that happens, the bidding will start for the services of the 26-year-old outfielder.
Both Chicago teams are reportedly high on Cespedes, with the Cubs possibly more interested given the last week's news. The Marlins, Tigers, Orioles and Indians have also expressed interest.
Cespedes' deal should be worth more than the six years, 30.25 million fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman earned in 2010.
Cespedes just finished a stint with the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .143 with a homer in 35 at-bats. But, he hit .333 with 33 bombs and 99 RBI in 90 games in Cuba last year.
Expect free agency approval to happen in the next few days.
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Technically... the Chicago Cubs became world champions on Nov. 3, 2016 at 12:47 a.m.
Approximately... that was nine months ago.
Theoretically... there should be a lot of Anthony's and Kris's being born in Chicago right about now.
Now, that last part may be a bit of a stretch, but what is not a stretch is the arrival of what the Cubs organization are calling 'World Championship Babies', and what a ring that has to it.
This upswing in births has even garnered national attention, shown below.
In a press release on Monday, the Cubs celebrated this correlation by announcing that babies born around now would receive membership to the 'Newborn Fan Club' as well as a Cubs “Rookie of the Year” onesie, Cubs pinstripe beanie cap, custom-made birth certificate and personalized Wrigley Field Marquee photo.
This mass membership growth will take place today, Wed., July 26 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington Ave, Chicago, Ill.
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