MLB Notes: Cuban star to meet with Marlins

Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, 23, addresses a news conference after he...

Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, 23, addresses a news conference after he won the National League Cy Young Award, in Los Angeles Nov. 17, 2011. (REUTERS/David McNew)

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Coveted free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has moved a step closer to the major leagues, obtaining a visitor's visa to travel to the U.S., and has a meeting Wednesday with the Miami Marlins, MLB.com reported Tuesday.

Cespedes, a 26-year-old Cuban defector, has established residency in the Dominican Republic and has been declared a free agent by MLB.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles also are thought to be interested in signing Cespedes, who will be in the U.S. for about one week.

Marlins president David Samson told MLB.com last week that the team was hoping Cespedes would tour Miami.

"From our standpoint, we are aggressively negotiating a contract, but there is no way of knowing if we will be a high bidder," Samson said.

DODGERS SIGN ACE

The Los Angeles Dodgers and all-star pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract worth $19 million.

Kershaw, 23, led the National League in wins (21), strikeouts (248) and earned-run average (2.28) in 2011 and won the league's Cy Young Award.

Kershaw also won the Gold Glove as the NL's best defensive pitcher.

Kershaw has a 47-28 record with a 2.88 ERA in 118 games over four seasons with the Dodgers.

All in all, I'm excited and happy, and just glad it's over with," Kershaw told the team's website. "I don't have to worry about it next year and, really, I never was worried about it. Now that it's over, I can just play ball."

HALL HAS YANKEE PRIDE

Bill Hall said it all on Twitter: It's official, I'm, a Yankee!!!!!!!!.

Well, not quite but close. The New York Yankees signed the infielder Tuesday to a minor-league deal, with an invitation to major league spring training.

Hall, 32, hit .211 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 62 games last season with the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants.

A 10-year veteran, Hall's best offensive season was in 2006 when he hit .270 with 35 home runs and 85 RBI.

BRIEFLY

The Minnesota Twins will hold an auction for a baseball autographed by reality star Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband Kris Humphries. They signed the ball before a Twins game in July, when Minnesota native Humphries threw out the first pitch. Proceeds will go to the Twins Community Fund. Bidding ends on Valentine's Day ... Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane and president Michael Crowley have reached agreements to remain with the team through the 2019 season, owner Lew Wolff said.


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