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Cespedes expected to make arrival soon

Cespedes expected to make arrival soon

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Cespedes expected to make arrival soon
PHOENIX -- The wait could soon be over.

There's a strong possibility that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will make his highly-anticipated arrival at A's camp by weekend's end, nearly three weeks after news broke of his four-year, $36 million contract.

"There's no reason not to think he won't be here very soon," A's general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday.

Cespedes, who has been living in the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba last year, has been waiting to obtain a work visa before joining the A's and undergoing a physical, at which point his deal will finally be deemed official.

It appears his visa paperwork is being processed without any issues, and that the three-week waiting period is rather normal. Still, Cespedes will have missed at least two weeks of camp by the time he reports.

It was thought that the A's, who open Cactus League play Friday against the Mariners, would immediately pencil Cespedes into an everyday outfield spot, likely center. But considering the time he's been away from the team, it's becoming more of a possibility that he may start the season at the Triple-A level.

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