Cuban MLB Presence Stabilizes

With a number of hot prospects (led by Yasmani Tomas, Rusney Castillo and Dalier Hinojosa) perched in AAA, the Cuban big league presence is likely to soar again during the first several months of the new 2015 season. But currently only 18 Cubans are found on MLB Opening Day rosters. The single newcomer is Raciel Iglesias who has been tabbed as a fifth starter by the Cincinnati Reds and will likely become Cuban big leaguer #187 before the week is over. The list of Cubans (12 in the NL and 6 in the AL) on Opening Day Rosters is as follows (salaries included in parentheses):

Cincinnati Reds (3)
Aroldis Chapman, P ($8,050,000)
Raciel Iglesias, P ($1,714,285)
Brayan Peña, C ($1,400,000)

Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
Yasiel Puig, OF ($6,214,285)
Alex Guerrero, IF ($6,500,000)
Yasmani Grandal, C ($693,000)

Detroit Tigers (2)
Yoenis Céspedes, OF ($10,500,000)
José Iglesias, IF ($1,443,750)

Chicago White Sox (2)
Alexei Ramirez, SS ($10,000,000)
José Abreu, 1B ($8,666,666)

Miami Marlins (2)
Adeiny Hechevarría, SS ($1,925,000)
José D. Fernández, P (DL) ($651,000)

San Diego Padres (2)
Yonder Alonso, 1B ($1,650,000)
Odrisamer Despaigne, P ($517,3000)

Texas Rangers (1)
Leonys Martin, OF ($4,750,000)

Washington Nationals (1)
Yunel Escobar, IF ($5,000,000)

Chicago Cubs (1)
Jorge Soler, OF ($2,666,666)

Kansas City Royals (1)
Kendry Morales, DH ($6,500,000)

The highest paid Cuban remains Yoenis Céspedes at $10.5 million, but one noteworthy fact relating to salaries is that the LA Dodgers are actually paying Alex Guerrero slightly more than Yasiel Puig. And such are the mysterious of the dollar amounts currently being thrown at newly arriving Cuban talent.