Cuban Julio Pablo Martinez Defects
21 year old Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez left Cuba in search of a major league contract. He will be one of the first Cuban stars subject to the new international rules. He would be eligible to sign this period once he finds a foreign country to list as his place of residence and is approved. Or he could wait until the next July 2 signing period when teams have more money at their disposal.
The problem with this signing period is most teams have already reached their international bonus caps. Those that have not are waiting for the posting of Shohei Otani. Perhaps the loser of that posting will then be able to use that money to sign Martinez.
Martinez hit .333 with a .498 slugging percentage in the Nacional Series last year. Currently, most of his power is to the gaps with six leaving the fence. He has the speed to play centerfield.
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