The Cuban League is now down to the last four teams for the playoffs. Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara and Granma appear to be the final four teams with Holquin and Camaguey being eliminated. The four teams will then play it off to see who represents Cuba in the Series del Caribe, though the winning team can add players to their roster to enhance their lineup or rotation. If Granma does not make it to the finals expect Alfredo Despaigne to represent the winning Cuban team in the Series del Caribe.
One of the better pitchers out of Cuba, Norge L. Ruíz signed with the Oakland Athletics. Not a big pitcher, standing less than 6′0″ with a pedestrian fastball, he will need to rely on his location to get major league hitters out. Myworld watched him pitch in the Series del Caribe in Puerto Rico. While he did not give up a lot of runs he always seemed to be working out of jams. Myworld expects him to end up in a relief role if he makes the majors, though the Athletics are short on starting pitchers.
Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas.
February 1-7 - Serie del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - Home of the Tomateros
March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea
March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan
March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States
March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico
Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne (32) (Photo) highlighted the preliminary 50-players roster the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday that will compete in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The roster will be cut to 28 at the end of January 2017.
The provisional roster also includes veteran Industriales infielder Alexander Malleta (39) and RHP Freddy Asiel Alvarez from Villa Clara (27) and Vladimir García (28) from Ciego de Avila.
Yoenis Cespedes left the Mets looking for a contract that would give him a long-term baseball home but found that right back in Flushing with the team he walked away from. The Cuban slugger agreed to return on a record-breaking four-year, $110 million deal in principle Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed.