Evans Clinchy
Friday February 3rd, 2012

Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes still isn't eligible for employment in the United States, but major league teams are already lining up to negotiate for his services. Chief among the suitors are the Miami Marlins, who have "strong interest" in Cespedes according to MLB.com.

"If it can be arranged, and he wants to come to Miami and see our ballpark, it would be great," Marlins president David Samson said. "From our standpoint, we are aggressively negotiating a contract, but there is no way of knowing if we will be a high bidder."

Cespedes, 26, obtained temporary residency in the Dominican Republic last week. He's since been cleared by Major League Baseball to negotiate with teams -- and in addition to the Marlins, the White Sox, Cubs, Orioles and Tigers are also rumored to have interest. While Cespedes may enter into a handshake agreement to play for a team in the States, he can't officially sign anything until he's been legally cleared.

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