Cuban outfielder Cespedes establishes residency

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The agent for Yoenis Cespedes says the Cuban outfielder has established legal residency in the Dominican Republic, the final hurdle to becoming a free agent.

Edgar Mercedes confirmed the residency in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Once Major League Baseball receives proof of Cespedes' residency, it will send a letter to all clubs verifying his status as a free agent.

Earlier this month, Cespedes said six major league teams -- the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox -- are interested in him.