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December 27, 2010

Cuba may allow Cuban baseball players to play in other countries

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ December 27, 2010 7:32 pm
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Passan @ YS:

The Baseball Federation of Cuba, headed by Fidel Castro’s son Tony, is discussing a plan that would allow baseball players to leave the country in exchange for a proportion of their salary going to Cuba, according to two sources familiar with the proposal.

Ideally, one source said, Cuba would send players to the major leagues and circumvent the spate of defections that have embarrassed the country. Such a plan, the source said, is currently a non-starter. Though MLB would welcome Cuban players, the arrangement would in effect pay the Cuban government for players, a violation of the United States’ 50-year-long embargo on Cuba. That is unlikely to thaw for baseball. While the U.S. government has allowed Cuba to play in both World Baseball Classics, Cuban players were the only ones not given the prize money handed out by the International Baseball Federation.

For now, the idea is for Cubans to go to Japan, South Korea, Mexico or Europe, like doctors and entertainers who make money elsewhere, then return home eventually. …

Juan Silverio scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 27, 2010 7:26 pm
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Newman @ STS:

Chicago White Sox prospect Juan Silverio split the 2010 season between the Pioneer and South Atlantic Leagues posting a .228/.267/.384 combined line in just over 300 at bats. However, about half his home run and walk totals came during short season in less than a hundred at bats while his performance in the “Sally” was reminiscent of a third string catcher. Is Silverio a non-prospect? No, but he’s not a player without significant flaws which more likely than not will prove fatal at higher levels. …

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