UPDATE 2 (4:30 PM): MLB.com is now reporting teams have been informed that Yoenis Cespedes is a free agent.
AP correspondent Dionisio Soldevilla is reporting that Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes has been granted free agency by Major League Baseball.
It was reported earlier today that he had officially established residency in the D.R., and now, he is already a free agent. Things move fast.
He has already been pulled from the Winter Leagues in the D.R., so he will likely be meeting with teams and beginning the process of acquiring a work visa so he will be ready for spring training.
The Tigers were also believed to be interested, but with the signing of Fielder, they are likely done spending.
It'll be interesting to see how it plays out over the next few days. Will the negotiations move fast, or will they drag on into February?
My guess is that Cespedes will narrow his list down and visit cities before making a final decision.
Reports are he will be seeking a six-year deal in the range of 35-45 million dollars. A team desperate to sign him quick may shoot into the $50 million range, but the only team that appears willing to do that at this point is the Marlins.
It would certainly be a good baseball and business move for the Marlins coming into a new stadium.