Cespedes can negotiate with big league teams 

Major League Baseball has told teams that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is eligible to negotiate with big league teams.

The commissioner's office notified clubs on Wednesday, a day after Cespedes established legal residency in the Dominican Republic.

His agent, Edgar Mercedes, confirmed the residency in a telephone interview Tuesday.

MLB said Cespedes cannot finalize a contract until he obtains an unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control because he is a Cuban national who has established residency in another country.

Earlier this month, Cespedes said six major league teams — the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox — are interested in him.

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