Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has gotten his Dominican residency. The next step is for him to be officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. Tuesday, there were reports that Cespedes had been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. Haha, jokes! That's totally not true.
#Cespedes is not a FA (yet). He's been granted temporary residency & issued national ID card by Dominican government.
This doesn't really matter that much. So Cespedes isn't a free agent now. He'll be a free agent soon. Very soon. Maybe tonight. I don't know. There's no expectation that he's going to hit some stumbling block and be declared unavailable forever. Before long, there will be teams bidding for Yoenis Cespedes.
But there are no teams bidding for Yoenis Cespedes at the moment, meaning this is just getting drawn out longer and longer. Of course, I think the Prince Fielder sweepstakes taught us all a little lesson about the value of patience.
Interestingly, Danny Knobler adds:
Teams are waiting for the OK to start bidding on Cespedes. There's still a feeling that Cespedes really doesn't want to go to Marlins.
The Marlins have been very open about their interest in Cespedes. Alarmingly open. Groin-grabbingly open. The interest might not be mutual. I don't know where that's coming from, and I don't know if it's true or if Cespedes' mind would be changed by a pile of money, but there you go. I'm a messenger, not an interpreter.