Found February 13, 2012 on Chicago Sun Times:
With the Oakland Athletics’ signing Monday of touted  Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the focus of the Cuban market turned to  outfielder Jorge Soler and the Cubs’ intensified pursuit of him. As reported by the Sun-Times in November, multiple baseball sources said the 20-year-old Soler was the Cubs’ more desired target, even as they scouted and vetted Cespedes this winter.  Cubs officials only have  acknowledged doing thorough player-evaluation and background work on both. Soler, who is six years younger than Cespedes, looked like a better fit for the Cubs’ longer-range building plans from the start. The Cubs already landed the top …

Cespedes deal with A's a head-scratcher

Oakland Athletics owner Lewis Wolff acknowledged recently that even if the A's receive permission to move to San Jose soon, they likely would not open their new ballpark until 2016. On Monday, the Athletics stunned the baseball world by agreeing with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year, $36 million contract that allows him to become a free agent after 2015, according...

Yoenis Cespedes signs with Oakland

Many had penciled Yoenis Cespedes into the Marlins' opening day lineup, but the A's are the ones who landed the Cuban free agent with a four year, $36 million deal. 

Cuban defector Cespedes agrees to deal with Athletics

The Oakland Athletics were the surprise winner for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, agreeing to a $36 million, four-year contract with the slugging outfielder on Monday.

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Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland agree on contract | Baseball

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, a 26-year-old outfielder, and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $36 million, four-year contract.
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