Cuban-born first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz had a private workout with the Texas Rangers. Cuban free agent shortstop Yadil Mujica worked out for the Seattle Mariners. Cuban Ball Players
The Boston Red Sox' president said that the team is nearing a deal with Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya and have serious interest in signing Ruiz. Terreno de Pelota
breaks down and compares Ruiz and fellow Cuban free agent Leslie Anderson, who are both
considered major league-ready. The New York Yankees were one of the teams
rumored to be at
Ruiz' agents think that he could sign any time in the next week. The Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, and Colorado Rockies have shown the most interest and the agents are expecting the New York Yankees to possibly make an offer. El Nuevo Herald
The Dominican Prospect League announced right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz and outfielder Roberto Rosario as the league's January 2010 Pitcher and Player of the Month: DPL Official Site
The Pensacola Pelicans of the independent American Association signed Marcos Rodriguez (Former Palm Beach) to a contract for the 2010 season. Rodriguez played for Caribes in the Venezuelan League this past winter.
Miguel Negron (Former St. Louis Spring Invite), who was suspended for the first 50-games of the season, will play in the Puerto Rican Double-A League. The suspension does not carry over to the league since it is not MLB affiliated. Negron's current contract is under the control of the Chicago White Sox organization. Juan Gonzalez (Former St. Louis Spring Invite) also received clearance and was assigned to Melao Melao de Vega Bajo. Primera Hora
The New York Yankees are expected to be a serious bidder for Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria: NY Post
The Los Angeles Angels are one of a half-dozen teams scouting Hechevarria. ESPN's Arangure points out that Hechevarria is still on the blocked list and hasn't been granted free agency by MLB. Arangure believes that Hechevarria should get a bigger contract then the Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias but warned his OPS was low last season.
The Atlanta Braves signed 21-year
old Nicaraguan shortstop Ivan
Marin. Marin played for
The Atlanta Braves also signed
left-handed outfielder Deion
Galvan and catcher Roberto Machado out of their
Andy Cavazos (
The St. Louis Cardinals have ten players that are affiliated with Caribes in the Venezuelan League. Those players are as follows: Orlando Munoz (GCL), Fernando Cedeno (VSL), Roberto Espinoza (Quad Cities), Kevin Moscatel (GCL), Pedro Rodriguez (MiLB Signing), Cesar Valera (GCL), Ildemaro Vargas (VSL), Roberto Perez (VSL), and Ronnierd Garcia (MiLB Signing). Comandante del Beisbol
Rangers pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando received their visas
and will be in MLB spring camp next week. Both were banned from the
Cuban defectors Ramon Cairoz and Maikel Pineiro plan on taking different paths to the majors. Pitcher Cairoz is waiting to get clearance from the Office of Foreign Assets Control in order to be ruled a free agent. Catcher Pineiro may wait until the 2010 MLB draft, unless a big offer comes to the table. Cuban Ball Players
Continuing The Cuban Ball Players Top Defectors Countdown:
22. Ruby Silva, centerfielder
23. Yoannis Negrin, right-handed pitcher
24. Joan Chaviano, catcher
Nicaraguan National Championship
Past Weekend Results:
Esteli and Leon split the four game series.
Chontales took three of four games from Boaco.
Masayas took three of four games from Las Segovias.
Chinandega took three of four games from Matagalpa.
Carazo and Jinottega split the four games series.
Feb. 18-21 Matchups (Doubleheader on Sunday):
Costa Caribe (4-4) vs.
Esteli (3-5) vs. Chontales (6-2)
Masaya (4-4) vs. Jinotega (5-3)
Matagalpa (2-6) vs.
Boaca (3-5) vs. Carazo (4-4)
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