Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is now free to sign with any team he would like and his agent, Adam Katz, told Fox Sports Monday that his client is expected to do just that before spring training camps open in a few weeks.
"We are aware of the [spring training] dates," Katz told Fox. "We expect him to be in camp with one of the clubs."
Of course, Katz may have a lot of sifting to do before then. The word has been that pretty much everybody who has seen Cespedes pick up a bat has some interest in signing the 26-year-old. Katz termed the market for Cespedes as "meaningful and aggressive" to Fox.
ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that it's expected that Cespedes will come to the United States from his new home in the Dominican Republic in the next 7-10 days and that six teams are "seriously negotiating" for him at this point.
Five of those teams are believed to be the Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers.
While Cespedes batted only .143 in a short stint with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League recently, he was a star player in Cuba. Last season, he batted .333 with 33 homers and 99 RBIs in 90 games.