Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Oakland Athletics.
The Miami Marlins also bid $36 million for Cespedes. But their offer was over six years, not four, one source familiar with the Cespedes negotiations told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. The Marlins weren’t interested in a deal shorter than six years, an executive who spoke with the team told ESPN.com.
Cespedes can sign Monday after receiving his unblocking license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, his agent, Adam Katz, told ESPN.com’s Stark.
The outfielder needed the clearance because he is a Cuban national who has established residency in another country after defecting.