Yoenis Cespedes remains at large.
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reports that he will travel to the United States soon and begin meeting with teams face to face. So it would seem he is still at least two weeks away from signing.
It is going to take a lot from teams to woo Cespedes. When it comes to international players, the city selection may be more important than the team.
If he is uprooting his family, he will want to go to a city that suits his needs and expectations. Somewhere that is safe with good schools and all that hibbidy-jibbidy.
The Cubs reportedly gave Kosuke Fukudome an extensive tour of the city and and suburbs and discussed the non-baseball related stuff that likely sweetened the pot.
Chicago is the perfect city for someone like Cespedes.
Theo Epstein and the Cubs have been scouting him extensively and are expected to make a substantial offer.
Let's go over once again why Epstein must sign Cespedes.