SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A representative for Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes says he is preparing to showcase the slugger for several major league teams.

Edgar Mercedes is an adviser for Cespedes, who recently defected from Cuba and now lives in the Dominican Republic. The 26-year-old slugger is tied with Fernando Despaigne for the Cuban League’s home run record with 32.

Mercedes said Wednesday Cespedes is sure to generate a bidding war. His agent is Adam Katz.

Mercedes says scouts for teams like the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants will see the Cuban perform this week and the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals will watch him in action next week.

Mercedes says “the boy has all the talent that one can imagine.”

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