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Chicago Cubs Hot Stove 2012: Cuban Star Yoenis Cespedes To Work Out For Team

There's been a player putting a buzz through the baseball world lately that hasn't even played professionally yet in the United States, and that's Cuban star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The 26-year-old recently defected from the island and is currently residing in Dominican Republic. In order to gauge their interest in him, the Chicago Cubs are sending vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod to the Dominican to watch Cespedes play.

Numerous teams have already shown interest in the outfielder recently, so there should be heavy competition for his services. He's played for the Cuban national team and been a record-setting player there. He's considered to be one of the best players to come from the island in years, and should challenge current Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman's current $30 million deal.

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