12:48 PM ET: Cespedes was awarded (earned?) his visitors visa and is flying to Miami, according to Jayson Stark. Jim Bowden adds that Cespedes will meet with agent Adam Kats to review processes:
- Twitter / @JimBowdenESPNxm - "Yoennis Cespedes has a meeting scheduled tonight with Super Agent Adam Katz to go over the up-coming process w mtg sched with Marlins on Wed"
- Twitter / @jaysonst - "Yoenis Cespedes gets visitors visa, flying to Miami this afternoon. Likely to meet with #Marlins tomorrow, sources say."
11:39 AM ET: Yoenis Cespedes is still waiting on his chance to meet with teams face-to-face but should be in camp, wherever that might be, in just a couple weeks according to Bruce Levine of ESPN. Last we heard, Cespedes was set to visit the Marlins. And don't count the Tigers out -- Tom Gage of The Detroit News suggests the team is still right in the thick of it:
Cespedes awaits chance to finish a deal - Bruce Levine | ESPN Chicago
"Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ next step toward signing with a major league team will eventually happen on U.S. soil, as he awaits his chance for face-to-face meetings with his agents and interested teams. The plan, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, is still to have Cespedes in a big league camp by the third week of February."
Tigers 'most likely set,' but still are pursuing Yoenis Cespedes - Tom Gage | detroitnews.com
"But he didn't slam the door on the Tigers' interest in Cespedes, who defected to the Dominican Republic and has been granted free-agent status. The Tigers might not be Cespedes' most likely destination at this point, but Dombrowski said "it's correct to say" the Tigers haven't declared themselves out of it."
Yoenis Cespedes Likely to Visit Miami Marlins Soon - MLB Daily Dish
Yoenis Cespedes is likely to visit with the Miami Marlins over the next week, according to Ken Rosenthal. The Chicago Cubs and "others" remain interested, adds Rosenthal.