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Report: Braves sign Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal

Mar 1, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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Jesse Sanchez of is reporting that the Braves have signed Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal. Sanchez adds that the deal includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training.

The Braves have a surplus of catching with Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Christian Bethancourt, and even Ryan Doumit. As a result, Bello will join the Braves’ minor league system and work his way up.

Sanchez describes Bello’s interesting path to professional baseball in the U.S. He was caught attempting to escape Cuba in 2012 and had his passport revoked as a result. He retired, eventually earned his passport back, and went to Ecuador. From there, Bello went to Mexico, where he established residency.

  1. huskerguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Welcome to NBC Sports Braves talk…

    That’s all I see on here

    • baseballisboring - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      The guy who posted this is a Phillies fan, FYI. But nah, you’re right…all he wants to do is talk about the Braves…

    • chc4 - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      2 out of the 20 stories currently on page 1 mention the Braves. And one is as much about the Nats as ATL. Math is not your strong suit.

    • realgone2 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      You’re trolling needs a lot of work

      • realgone2 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM


  2. innout10 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Sounds like a Cuban gattis

  3. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    When your team wins their division, or signs a Cuban, maybe they will post a story about them.

  4. pike573 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Rather old…

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