Yoenis Cespedes Signing: Cuban Slugger Discusses Decision To Sign With Oakland Athletics

A physical exam is all that stands in the way of Yoenis Cespedes officially becoming an Oakland Athletic. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez spoke with Cespedes to get a little insight into his thought process.

On signing:

"I am super happy because it's been a dream of mine for a long time," Cespedes told MLB.com from the Dominican Republic. "To leave my country and play in the big leagues is what the goal was. My family is really happy, too. They are living their dreams through me."

On goals:

"My first goal is to make the team and stay healthy all season, and little by little, I'll make more goals," Cespedes said. "I've been preparing every day for this and I 100 percent believe that I am ready for the Major Leagues. I have a lot of international experience and experience at a high level. I'm very confident in my abilities."

On choosing the A's over the Marlins:

"Miami was a great visit," Cespedes said. "I had a good time. I ate with the team president and other people in front office. They were nice and it was a great experience, but the A's were for me."

For more on the Oakland A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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