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Posted January 16, 2004 by publisher in Cuban Sports

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Cubans Maels Rodriguez and Yobal Dueńas were granted free agency by Major League Baseball today, according to Baseball America.

Rodriguez is expected to draw interest from the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners and Rangers in basically a rematch of last year’s Jose Contreras sweepstakes. Rodriguez’s agent will be using the Contreras contract as a starting point for the Maels bidding. Rodriguez sports a 100 MPH fastball, though the Cuban government reported that he’d lost 15 MPH off that when keeping him off their team for international competition. Rodriguez says this was not true and will show off his arm in a workout for teams on January 22nd.

Rodriguez is the owner of the only Perfect Game in Castro-controlled Cuban history and struck out 263 batters in 178.1 innings three years ago according to Baseball America. Based on the performance of Cuban defectors thus far, one might speculate Cuban ball is somewhere close to AAA in terms of quality of play. This would bode well for Rodriguez’s chances in the big leagues, though reports recently have suggested many teams see him as a bullpen arm. He will have difficulty getting a Contreras-like deal unless the Red Sox and Yankees get into a major bidding war again.

Dueas is a former stolen base king who plays 2B primarily. BA says he will draw interest from the Cubs, Marlins and Mets. His career Cuban league average is .321, though reports had suggested his numbers were in decline in recent years. Dueas is a close friend of Jose Contreras and visited the Yankee pitcher’s family many times after the Bronze Titan left Cuba.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 25, 2004 by ANGEL DAVID GARCIA AMPUDIA

    HOLA YOBAL ESPERO QUE TRIUNFES EN LAS GRANDES LIGAS ,AL IGUAL QUE TODOS LOS CUBANOS QUE HAN TENIDO LA POSIBILIDAD DE JUGAR EN ESOS EVENTOS ME SALUDAS A CONTRERAS,BUENO HERMANO TE DECEO EXISTOS CUIDATE MUCHO. AE


  2. Follow up post #2 added on March 15, 2004 by jorge

    que sigan llegando,,quiero aqui a german mesa asi este de viejo


  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 11, 2004 by Daniel Palacios

    Yobal y Maels espero que todo les vaya bien y saludos a Contreras y a todos los cubanos que han triunfado en grandes ligas…..saludos   Daniel


  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 24, 2004 by loco

    todos son unos traidores y unos hijos de puta


  5. Follow up post #5 added on November 08, 2004 by SMITH SOSA

      HOLA A TODOS LOS PELOSTEROS CUBANOS QUE HOY GOSAN DE JUGAR EN GRANDES LIGAS, ESPECIALMENTE AMI AMIGO ESPIRITUANO MAELS RODRIGUEZ DEL QUE QUISIERA SABER MUCHO MAS Y ESPECIAL COMUNICACION CON EL, YA QUE SOMOS AMIGOS DE AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA DEL YAYABO Y ANTES DE SU PERTIDA ESTUVIMOS TOMANDO UNA SERVESA JUNTO A NUESTRO AMIGO Y PROFESOR DE SICOLOGIA ROQUE, EN EL DITU DE S SPIRITUS, MOMENTO EN EL CUAL ABLAMOS DE MI PARTIDA HACIA ESPAA, ESPERO QUE ME RECUERDES , ATENTAMENTE SMITH.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on November 08, 2004 by SMITH SOSA

      HOLA A TODOS LOS PELOSTEROS CUBANOS QUE HOY GOSAN DE JUGAR EN GRANDES LIGAS, ESPECIALMENTE AMI AMIGO ESPIRITUANO MAELS RODRIGUEZ DEL QUE QUISIERA SABER MUCHO MAS Y ESPECIAL COMUNICACION CON EL, YA QUE SOMOS AMIGOS DE AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA DEL YAYABO Y ANTES DE SU PERTIDA ESTUVIMOS TOMANDO UNA SERVESA JUNTO A NUESTRO AMIGO Y PROFESOR DE SICOLOGIA ROQUE, EN EL DITU DE S SPIRITUS, MOMENTO EN EL CUAL ABLAMOS DE MI PARTIDA HACIA ESPAA, ESPERO QUE ME RECUERDES , ATENTAMENTE SMITH.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on November 16, 2004 by jorge

    ok a todos los peloteros y espirituanos de aqui saludos a todos…...


  8. Follow up post #8 added on November 29, 2008 by Raul Perez y Hildeliza Vento

    yoval sigue pa lante que aqui las estrellas son el limite un saludo de pinarenos amigos de pedro luis


  9. Follow up post #9 added on December 16, 2009 by ADRIAN ELIZARDE SOTO

    hola quieroi contactar con raul perez e hildeliza vento reyes, mi telefono en españa es 0034 942 811 832, saludos de adrian.


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