A's and Yoenis Cespedes Agree To Four Year Deal

Look who is signing a big name free agent - the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics and cuban defector outfielder Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal. Cespedes is expected to sign the deal today after he is cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is needed because he defected from a Cuba.

Cespedes will be working under a Visa, and once that is received, the outfielder is free to work for the A's. Cespedes will bring power to a lineup that could use a big bat. The 26 year-old tied a Cuban single season record with 32 homeruns last season.

For several weeks, it was believed that the Miami Marlins would land Cespedes, but a deal never transpired and head coach Ozzie Guillen was quoted as saying it would be a gamble to sign the Cuban defector. Gamble or not, Cespedes is going to play in the major leagues next season.

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