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Cespedes establishes residency, free agency coming soon

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Cespedes establishes residency, free agency coming soon

Yoenis Cespedes is officially a resident of the Dominican Republic.

The Cuban defector gained residency in the DR according to Tuesday reports, the first step in his journey to the MLB.

Now Cespedes only needs to be granted approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent.

Once that happens, the bidding will start for the services of the 26-year-old outfielder.

Both Chicago teams are reportedly high on Cespedes, with the Cubs possibly more interested given the last week's news. The Marlins, Tigers, Orioles and Indians have also expressed interest.

Cespedes' deal should be worth more than the six years, 30.25 million fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman earned in 2010.

Cespedes just finished a stint with the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .143 with a homer in 35 at-bats. But, he hit .333 with 33 bombs and 99 RBI in 90 games in Cuba last year.

Expect free agency approval to happen in the next few days.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

Hub Arkush, David Schuster and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs sweep the Marlins and have won 7 of their last 10. Have they finally turned the corner?

8:00- The White Sox keep playing but the controversy surrounding Tim Anderson's bat-flip-heard-round-the-world continues. Does baseball need to lighten up or does Anderson deserve some blame?

14:30- The guys remember Chet Coppock. The "Godfather of Sports Talk Radio" died at the age of 70.

18:00- Carlos Zambrano drops by the studio. He talks to Kap about his comeback with the Chicago Dogs, his thoughts on the Cubs winning it all and his hopes to once again pitch in the majors.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

Luke Stuckmeyer and Chris Kamka go through some fun and perhaps meaningful numbers through the Cubs' first 17 games, including good trends for the starting pitching and puzzling numbers for Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo (1:30). Then, David Kaplan catches up with former Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who discusses his comeback attempt with the Chicago Dogs, his accomplishments while he pitched for the Cubs, and his newfound commitment to his faith (10:30).

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: