Cuban newspaper says 1st baseman Abreu defects
An official Cuban newspaper says star first baseman Jose Dariel
Abreu has defected to try to play in Major League Baseball.
The weekly Trabajadores newspaper reported Monday that Abreu
departed Cuba ”illegally and silently” for a Caribbean nation,
most likely Haiti or the Dominican Republic. No further details
The 26-year-old Abreu played in all six games for Cuba in the
World Baseball Classic in March, hitting .383 with three home runs
and nine RBIs.
Abreu is the fourth Cuban player to defect in the past two
months, adding to the departures of first baseman Yozzen Cuesta,
and pitchers Misael Siveiro and Odrisamer Despaigne.
Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig have recently
signed multimillion dollar contracts to play in MLB.