According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Athletics have signed free agent Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has been the most coveted Cuban player this off season, and the Athletics kind of came out of nowhere to sign him.
Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle says that the deal is four years and will be worth about $36 million overall. Cespedes is 26 years old and became a free agent last month after it had been long anticipated.
As late as last night it had been reported that the Miami Marlins were the favorites for Cespedes' services, and they have been in the running the entire time. They made an offer less than $40 million, but the length of that potential deal is unknown. The Chicago Cubs were also rumored to have interest in him.
Brown also reports that Cespedes has just recently been unblocked by The Office of Foreign Assets Control.