Earlier Tuesday, we learned that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had been granted residency in the Dominican Republic. From there, all that was left was for Major League Baseball to declare Cespedes an official free agent. At that point, the bidding would be able to begin.
Well, here's Dionisio Soldevila. Dionisio Soldevila has something very interesting to say:
Yoenis Cespedes is officially a free agent. Has finally received his Dominican residency permit. MLB teams asked him to stop playing in DR
Later on, he said this was coming from Cespedes' agent. It stands to reason that Yoenis Cespedes' agent would have a pretty good idea of what's going on with Yoenis Cespedes.
Right now, nothing is official. We don't know for absolute certain whether teams can start throwing money in Cespedes' direction. But it might be true, and if it isn't true now, it should be true before very long.
It's interesting that, according to Soldevila, teams asked that Cespedes stop playing winter ball. It's possible that they didn't want him to get hurt. It's also possible that they didn't want to watch him keep sucking.