Cuban players

Thousands paid to travel to US: Cuban baseballers

Two Cuban baseball players on Tuesday told a US federal jury that they paid tens of thousands of US dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate.

The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the US to sign lucrative free-agent contracts.

MLB General Managers Continue Their Futile Search for the Next José Abreu

Tomas, Ibáñez and Moncada

José Abreu’s celebrated Rookie-of-Year trophy has so far had little time to gather much dust and already a highly publicized search has been launched across Major League Baseball camps for what will hopefully be the next Abreu, or next Yasiel Puig, or at the very least perhaps the next Rusney Castillo or Jorge Soler.